• One soldier - two identities

    Wednesday 3 October 2012 by Amanda Rebbeck. 10 comments

    My name is Brady Davison and I am a work experience student from St Stanislaus College, Bathurst. As part of my week at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra I researched the Next of Kin plaque commemorating the First World War service of Private John Joseph Edward Darnedt. Here is his story. Jack Darnedt's Next of kin plaque REL45890 John Joseph Edward “Jack” Darnedt was born in Collingwood, Victoria in 1899, one …

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  • Russells Top Handover Report

    Wednesday 4 July 2012 by Stuart Bennington. 7 comments

    On occasion a totally unexpected document walks in the front door and into Official Records.  Recently a report made at Gallipoli was generously donated by Cindy Osborne to the Memorial.  The document in question is a handover report from the Commanding Officer 26th Infantry Battalion to the Commanding Officer of the 28th.  The Russell Top handover report is a most welcome addition to the Official Records held at the Memorial, for …

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  • Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train diary

    Monday 14 May 2012 by . 2 comments

    Last month, the Memorial was delighted to accept a Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train (RANBT) diary, donated by Mr Martin Smee of Port Elliot, South Australia.  Mr Smee made the trip to Canberra to personally deliver the diary, which has been part of his family's valuable family history for many years.  The diary was written by his grandfather, Able Seaman Driver Laurie John Smee.  Born in South Australia, Laurie ran away to sea…

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  • It's Dan's Life.

    Monday 30 January 2012 by Daniel McGlinchey. 1 comments

    As a duty curator in the Military Heraldry and Technology section, you discover some unexpected stories when items are donated to the Memorial. One such story was that of Sergeant Daniel Gallogly of the 6th Field Company Engineers and the embroidered souvenir from Egypt that he purchased in 1916. Gallogly's souvenir from Egypt  The souvenir was found recently at the 5th Combat Engineer Regiment’s facilities but …

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  • The Australian Army and farming in the Northern Territory

    Thursday 17 November 2011 by Theresa Cronk.

    When we think of fertile faming lands, the Northern Territory is generally not the first place that springs to mind. Yet it was here, during the Second World War, that the Australian Army established the 1 and 2 Farm Company as part of the Australian Army Service Corps. On 11 September 1940, approval was given by the Minster for Army to acquire land. An area of 107 acres was purchased at Adelaide River. The land was only partly cleared …

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  • Curating from Afghanistan : Collecting in Action, February 2011

    Monday 14 November 2011 by Stephanie Boyle. 2 comments

    As senior curator of Film and Sound at the Memorial, I was greatly privileged in February this year to go with the ADF to the Australia’s area of Middle Eastern Operations.   Not only did I meet with and interview an amazing range of ADF members based in or around Al Minhad, Kandahar, Tarin Kot and Kabul, but I found myself in the rare position of being a female civilian, totally immersed in the ADF’s world.   I trained with …

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  • A family's love - Allan Henderson Hislop

    Friday 14 October 2011 by Amanda Rebbeck.

    The Australian War Memorial's Heraldry collection contains a number of commemorative badges and brooches which display a high level of beauty and craftsmanship combined with poignant individual stories. A recently donated brooch demonstrates these characteristics excellently. REL44358 Commemorative brooch for Allan Henderson Hislop This fifteen carat gold brooch was one of four privately made for the Hislop …

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  • Outside the Wire - Photographs from Afghanistan

    Monday 1 August 2011 by Lauren Hewitt. 1 comments

    The AWM has recently acquired a significant set of photographs taken by photographer Gary Ramage in Afghanistan in 2010. Photographs such as these, of Australian Defence Force personnel on patrol ‘outside the wire’ in Afghanistan, are a first for the AWM.  For visiting media, commissioned artists and photographers, the ADF generally permit only a few days on the ground, usually in the relative safety of established …

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  • Observations of a Film and Sound accessions officer...

    Tuesday 22 June 2010 by Kassandra Hobbs. 2 comments

    The many donations to the Australian War Memorial’s National Collection come in all shapes and sizes as well as conditions. Many collections are treasured family objects that are passed on through generations which represent stories of family members who were involved in Australia’s military commitments. Others are rescued from disposal centres or found in op shops and deposited to the Memorial from strangers who have no knowledge of…

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  • A collection of First World War fundraising badges

    Friday 11 June 2010 by Pen Roberts. 3 comments

      Badge from 1916 “Journée Nationale des Orphelins” (“National Orphans’ Day”)  “.. give what you can, give a little of your happiness, a little of your well-being and a lot of your soul.” These words are an English translation of a 1916 French poster for “Journée Nationale des Orphelins” (National Orphans’ Day). Philanthropic organisations and patriotic groups moved swiftly to help alleviate the …

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