• 95th Anniversary of Gallipoli Campaign

    Friday 23 April 2010 by Nicholas Schmidt. 1 comments

    This ANZAC Day marks the 95th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign, when tens of thousands of British, French and Dominion troops landed on the Turkish coast. To acknowledge this anniversary, the Australian War Memorial’s Research Centre is displaying previously unseen original letters and diaries relating to the campaign. The Research Centre’s collection is a rich source of records that tells the story of Gallipoli …

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  • Recent acquisition: new Private Records relating to ‘G for George’

    Wednesday 3 February 2010 by Alessandro Antonello. 3 comments

    Detail of navigation map kept by William Gourlay, showing Nuremberg (PR04522) The Australian War Memorial has recently received important documents relating to the Nuremberg bombing raid of 30-31 March 1944 and the iconic Lancaster bomber ‘G for George’.  Through a generous donation, the navigation log and map made by William Albert Gourlay, navigator on board ‘G for George’ for the fateful raid, have been …

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  • Radio propaganda and the kindness of strangers

    Friday 15 January 2010 by Alessandro Antonello. 1 comments

    In 1944, Yvonne Jobling was a schoolgirl studying shorthand.  Every evening at her home in Geelong, Victoria, she practiced her shorthand by listening to the radio.  On Friday, 17 March 1944, she happened to be listening to the short-wave broadcast of Radio Tokyo, and heard messages from Australian prisoners of war.  Collection of letters sent to Yvonne Jobling, March 1944 (PR04494). Jobling took the messages of five …

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  • Recent acquisitions: nominal roll of 2/8th Battalion

    Thursday 7 January 2010 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    Official Records is pleased to announce the acquisition of original nominal roll cards of the 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion into the National Collection. The nominal roll has been catalogued as AWM359 on the RecordSearch database. Card of Lt-Col John Mitchell DSO*, first CO of the 2/8th Battalion   Provenance Each card presents a record of service for an individual unit member. Their creation during the Second …

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  • Proactive Collecting with HMAS Parramatta

    Wednesday 4 November 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 2 comments

      HMAS Parramatta (author's collection) The Australian War Memorial faces unique challenges presented by the modern age to its collection development for recent conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan. With email, phones and internet communicative tools largely replacing traditional keepsakes such as diaries and letters, this has made identifying and retaining objects of the ADF experience in modern conflict rather …

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  • The Swinden collection

    Tuesday 29 September 2009 by Pen Roberts.

    Published and Digitised Collections holds a significant and growing collection of printed and digital memorabilia from recent conflicts and peace keeping deployments. Commander Greg Swinden (RAN) has donated a rich collection of artefacts from his deployment on Operations TANAGER (East Timor), TREK (Solomon Islands) and SLIPPER (Gulf 2). He has also generously written a narrative for a personal newspaper cuttings collection which covers …

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  • The Not So Great Escape

    Wednesday 12 August 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 9 comments

    On the 19th November 1941, Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney II was lost, with all hands, off the coast of Western Australia after engaging with the German raider HSK Kormoran. The discovery in March 2008 of the final resting place of the Sydney and the Kormoran attracted much attention. Understandably, there has been much discussion over the circumstances surrounding the loss of the Sydney; however the story of the Kormoran’s Commander, …

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  • The Cessation of Operation CATALYST

    Tuesday 28 July 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 4 comments

    The 31st of July 2009 will mark the end of Operation CATALYST. CATALYST began on the 20th of March 2003 and defined the role of the Australian Defence Force in assisting multinational forces in the stabilization and security of Iraq. It also involved ADF support in the implementation of the country’s recovery programs. Boatswains Mates, HMAS Parramatta, 2009 During the course of this operation, the Australian War …

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  • The girl on the badge

    Wednesday 3 June 2009 by Paul Taylor. 9 comments

     A donation came to my desk in the days following Anzac Day that caught my attention.  It was a maroon and white identification badge that featured the image of a young girl, her name, an I.D. number and the words, 'C.S.I.R. Radiophysics Division' Fortunately the depositor of the badge provided details of the original owner and I was soon speaking to Valerie Briggs who at 79 years of age still possessed all of the enthusiasm and …

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  • The Coronation Contingent of 1953

    Wednesday 11 March 2009 by Annette Gaykema. 7 comments

      Cover of "Coronation Cruise of HMAS Sydney" (RC07761)   After the death of King George VI in February 1952, planning for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth began. Tradition demanded a procession of all the Queen’s troops be present and so plans were put in place to form an Australian contingent. There were 250 official representatives from the armed forces sent to the festivities. These official delegates, along …

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