• 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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  • Happy Valentine's Day from ‘The Love Controller'!

    Thursday 12 February 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 4 comments

    As with other special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays, having to spend Valentine's Day apart from loved ones would have been sad and distressing for many serving men and women, and for those at home eagerly awaiting the safe return of their sweethearts and friends. Fortunately, there is little that can stand in the way of love and many people overcame distance and time to send messages of love and admiration, not only for …

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  • "There is a sunny land far, far away ..."

    Tuesday 13 January 2009 by Pen Roberts. 4 comments

    When Kevin Wakefield found himself in an icy Canadian landscape, many miles from sunny Australia, he wrote a poem to express his feelings of homesickness. Sixty years later, one of the original hand-written copies of ‘My Home Land Far Away' has now been donated to the Memorial.   Poem written by Kevin Wakefield while on the Empire Training Scheme in Canada. He was there from October 1943 to February 1944. (Souvenirs: …

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  • Recent acquisitions: Centurion tank log books

    Monday 10 November 2008 by Craig Berelle. 19 comments

    A log book can reveal performance characteristics, reveal battle damage and document repairs made during each vehicle's period of service. The Memorial's Research Centre has acquired log books of six Centurion tanks that served in the Vietnam War, including vehicle No. 169056, proudly on display adjacent to Anzac Hall.  The log books are in Official Records Series AWM350, and can be viewed in the Memorial's Research Centre.…

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  • Welcome Home NSW Cadets!

    Thursday 16 October 2008 by Pen Roberts. 2 comments

    Almost a century ago this Saturday, a Welcome Home function was held at the Sydney Town Hall for members of the NSW Cadets Coronation Contingent. The cadets, part of the Australian Coronation Contingent, had just returned from attending the London coronation of King George V, held on 22 June 1911. Programme for the Welcome Home function. Souvenirs 3/18/1. Large numbers of people from across the Commonwealth converged on …

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  • Sweet Scented Memories...

    Wednesday 8 October 2008 by Alexandra Orr.

    Pressed flowers from the autograph book of Sgt George Cadd, 2134, RC06416. When soldiers had an opportunity to become tourists, they often collected souvenirs to remember their experience of service, and to provide those back home with some indication of what they had seen, as the Australian War Memorial's extensive Postcard and Souvenirs collections attest to. However, one popular method of souveniring was pressing …

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  • Recent acquisitions: To points unknown...

    Wednesday 20 August 2008 by Mel Hunt. 2 comments

    'To points unknown: the First Al Muthanna Task Group' is a striking example of the type of modern unit history which is being produced by Australian soldiers. It is a largely pictorial record of the tour to Iraq by the 1st Al Muthanna Task Group from April to November 2005. Lt. Col. Roger Noble, Commanding Officer of Al Muthanna Task group One, notes in the introduction that the aim was to 'record our tour as it …

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  • New acquisition: Surf in Australia

    Friday 18 July 2008 by Mel Hunt.

    Australian armed forces have had a long and proud association with surf lifesaving in Australia as reflected in this copy of ‘Surf in Australia’ magazine. It contains news and extracts of ‘letters from the services’ overseas, honour rolls of members killed in action, a report on the first R.A.A.F. surf lifesaving club at Evans Head run by the No.1 bombing and Gunnery School in New South Wales along with reports of fund-raising …

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  • Recent acquisitions: DMI records

    Friday 6 June 2008 by Craig Berelle.

    Series AWM347 is a recently acquired collection of historical records of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI). Accumulated from 1927 to 1984, these records afford a detailed and often fascinating look into the thinking that characterised Australian and Allied intelligence doctrine for over half a century. Monthly Intelligence Report for November 1950. AWM347, [172]. The collection consists of supplementary …

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  • Recent acquisitions - Official Records

    Tuesday 20 May 2008 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    With the Korean coastline in the background, Commander Warwick Seymour Bracegirdle relaxes on the bridge of HMAS Bataan during his inspection of Commonwealth Naval Units in Korean waters. This will be the first in a regular program of blog posts letting people know of recent acquisitions in the Research Centre's Official Records Collection. We hope to provide a few more updates over the next few weeks, before settling …

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