Monday 16 February 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 3 comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights, Military Heraldry and Technology, Exhibitions, Personal Stories

 

Jack and the Singapore surrender table

 

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Friday 23 January 2015 by Ashleigh Wadman. 1 comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology

Wartime textiles weave many different stories in their efforts to support, honour and remember Australians at war. The Memorial’s heraldry collection contains many examples of fabrics that have been autographed with people’s names as fundraising devices, records or symbols of friendship. Collecting signatures in autograph and scrap books has long been a popular practice in many different countries and time periods and these autographs on fabric exist in a similar fashion. The following examples reveal just a few of their stories.

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Thursday 22 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 4 comments.
Art, Collection, Collection Highlights, Military Heraldry and Technology

Perspectives of Parit Sulong

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of a tragic chapter in the history of the Australian Defence Force - the first documented massacre of Australian troops by the Imperial Japanese during the Second World War at Parit Sulong in Malaya on 22 January 1942. 

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Thursday 15 January 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology Vehicles; First World War; Second World War; Vietnam

Ford 3 ton F60L (long wheelbase) Cab 12 4x4 GS truck. Ford 3 ton F60L (long wheelbase) Cab 12 4x4 GS truck. REL31736

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Tuesday 13 January 2015 by Ashleigh Wadman. 4 comments.
Military Heraldry and Technology, Personal Stories

Thanks to increased interest in the experiences of the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during the First World War, I recently attempted to redress the lack of focus on the nursing outpost of India. It would be a great shame to then omit the service of our girls in Salonika, who likewise faced extreme difficulties with remarkable courage and professionalism. Such hardships would eventually come to mark this theatre of war as one of the most difficult for the AANS.

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Monday 1 December 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 2 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology, News Changi, Copyright, Publications, Changi quilt

The Australian War Memorial is seeking copyright permission to reproduce in detail the following embroidered squares from the Australian Changi quilt for a publication.

Some 400 women and children were taken prisoner after the fall of Singapore in February 1942. The Australian Changi quilt was made by women interned in Changi prison, and is made up of 66 individual squares with different designs and messages.

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Tuesday 28 October 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 2 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology Nurses

The interest in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during the Great War was recently encouraged by the screening of ANZAC Girls and the publication that inspired it, The Other ANZACS: Nurses at War, 1914-1918 by Peter Rees. Both of these focus on nursing services off the Gallipoli Peninsula and on Lemnos and the Western Front in its various guises: hospital ships, field hospitals and casualty clearing stations.

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In the early hours of 18 June 1940, Supermarine Walrus L2312, an amphibious aircraft, took off from Mount Batten, near Plymouth, England.

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