• Changi manuscript by Sir Alexander Russell Downer KBE

    Wednesday 15 February 2017 by .

    cover of Changi manuscript by Sir Alexander Russell Downer KBE

    The book titled ‘Government in Two Worlds: An Introductory Survey of the Governments of Britain and Australia’ was written by Alexander 'Alick' Downer during his captivity as a prisoner of war in Changi, Singapore. A lawyer before the war, Alick Downer, enlisted with the 2/14th Field Regiment and served as a gunner. Following the surrender of Singapore on 15 February 1942, Downer along with close to 15,000 other Australians, was …

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  • Keeping the wheels turning

    Tuesday 24 January 2017 by David Gist. 2 comments

    After a brief hiatus, the Australian War Memorial’s exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt has opened at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie, the first of nine venues across regional Australia. Public interest in the collection of images captured by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier is likewise being renewed, and these images continue to reward careful study.From their makeshift photographic studio in the village of …

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  • 25 years volunteering at the Memorial

    Tuesday 6 December 2016 by . 2 comments

    Bob Fletcher (left) helping visitors with their research in the Memorial’s Research Centre

    Bob Fletcher, a veteran who served with 2 RAR in Malaya between 1955 and 1957 has reached 25 years volunteering in the Memorial’s Research Centre. Working from the Memorial’s galleries and Reading Room, Bob has helped thousands of visitors to research their family and service history. He has also worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the archive. Bob has catalogued over 5000 files related of the Headquarters, 1st Australian Task …

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  • Mephisto

    Wednesday 30 November 2016 by Andrew Currey.

    On the morning of 24 April 1918, 13 German A7V tanks in three groups left the town of Marcelcave to attack the British lines in and between the towns of Villers-Bretonneux and Cachy. This was the largest number of A7Vs ever deployed in the one operation in the First World War. Supporting regiments of two German divisions, the attack was mostly successful, though by the following dawn Villers-Bretonneux was in Australian hands. On a day …

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  • "Your loving father"

    Friday 2 September 2016 by Eleni Holloway. 1 comments

    REL49046. ‘Pluto’ the toy dog that Marion Mountney received in 1944 when she was only a few months old.

    In 1945, Private Godfrey Mountney took pen to paper and wrote to his youngest daughter Marion for her first birthday.“Hello my darling daughter,Many happy returns of the day and an extra big kiss from Daddy. I wonder as you sit and listen to your Mummy read this to you, do you in your own little mind know what it is all about and who it is from, remember the dark headed man that suddenly came into your life one day not so long ago, …

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  • Relics from Romani

    Thursday 4 August 2016 by Kerry Neale. 1 comments

    A view of Romani. One of a series of images relating to the service of Lieutenant Fred Harold Tomlins, 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment.

    A view of Romani. One of a series of images relating to the service of Lieutenant Fred Harold Tomlins, 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment. P00153.019 The battle of Romani, fought between 3 and 5 August 1916, put a stop to the Turkish threat to the Suez Canal and marked the beginning of the British forces' drive out of Egypt and into Palestine. The British defences were …

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  • Video message from The Director - First World War - battle of the Somme

    Friday 1 July 2016 by . 1 comments

    More than 100 years ago the Gallipoli campaign ended, leaving 8,700 dead, but the worst was yet to come. Beginning on 1 July, the purpose of the Somme offensive was to bring an end to the deadlock of trench warfare, and to relieve pressure on the French at Verdun. The campaign was massive, and included troops from Britain, Australia, France, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and Newfoundland. Later in July the AIF joined …

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  • The Carnage of the Somme

    Monday 27 June 2016 by Aaron Pegram. 6 comments

    Like most Australian soldiers who fought in the First World War, Private James Makin did not fight on Gallipoli. The 22-year-old bank clerk from Middle Park in Melbourne had enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in July 1915 and left Australia with a reinforcement group for the 21st Battalion two months after the last troops were evacuated from Anzac. Makin’s war began in Egypt, where for months he tramped on pack marches and…

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  • New addition to the digitisation team

    Friday 3 June 2016 by Kathryn Hicks. 1 comments

    A3 Flatbed Scanner

    The digitisation team in the Research Centre recentlywelcomed a new member to our scanning family. Currently our small team is responsible for all of the imaging of Research Centre items which go out to the web. This includes the Reports of Proceedings and Anzac Connections project. Up until now the images have been scanned using only flatbed scanners and a wide format map scanner. One of our A3 Flatbed Scanner Our Wide-format …

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  • Australians on the Western Front 1916 - 100 years ago

    Thursday 26 May 2016 by . 3 comments

    “We thought we knew something of the horrors of war, but we were mere recruits, and have had our full education in one day.”Ronald Alison McInnis 19 July, 1916 This year marks the centenary of Australia’s first year on the Western Front. It was to become a year of terrible sacrifice. The experiences of some Australians who served in 1916 are preserved in the Memorial’s archive and are now available online. From the battlefield …

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