• Caterpillars, goldfish and guinea pigs: badges of the (un)lucky clubs of the Second World War

    Monday 18 January 2016 by Kerry Neale. 6 comments

    Late Arrivals Club embroidered patch

    Whether walking back to safety from behind enemy lines, parachuting out of a disabled aircraft, crashing into water and being saved by a life raft, or enduring horrible burns from a plane crash, the stories of near misses experienced by aircrew during the Second World War are remarkable. As a symbol of the camaraderie between the men who had experienced these near misses, numerous clubs were formed, each with a distinct badge or patch to…

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  • Lee Kernaghan - “Outstanding Achievement Award” for Spirit of the Anzacs

    Thursday 10 December 2015 by Brendan Nelson.

    Photo Courtesy Sam MacDonald

    It was with absolute pleasure and pride that I had the opportunity to present my good friend Lee Kernaghan the Outstanding Achievement Award for his album Spirit of the Anzacs at the ARIAs on 26 November 2015. It was a wonderful and poignant moment when the large crowd paused and paid their respects to this moving tribute from one of Australia’s great story tellers which puts the words of Australian soldiers to music. Lee and his …

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  • Preliminary stage of the evacuation from Anzac Cove: narrative from battalion war diaries

    Monday 23 November 2015 by . 4 comments

    Map of Gallipoli

    Map of Gallipoli SC02009 Theevacuation ofGallipoli began on 22 November 1915, when a plan was adopted during a conference at General Headquarters, Mudros. This was after Lord Kitchener's visit to Gallipoli in early November, during which he told General Birdwood to start thinking about how to evacuate, and before the recommendation was approved by British Parliament. …

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  • A fashionable end to Frocktober

    Friday 30 October 2015 by . 1 comments

    With the month of Frocktober* coming to an end tomorrow, the opportunity to survey the Memorial’s collection of “frocks” has presented itself. What follows is a pictorial overview of just some of our favourite dresses in the collection. REL/01748.001 This dress was made and embroidered by double amputees Private Joseph Allan Baillie, Private Malcolm Brown and Private Frederick Trice…

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  • A lucky find: Warwick Bracegirdle's 1928 King's Medal

    Friday 25 September 2015 by Kerry Neale. 4 comments

    Miss Cayla Johnston presenting the Kings Medal to Head of Heraldry and Technology, Nick Fletcher.

    Twenty-two years after it had been lost to the family, the King’s Gold Medal awarded to Cadet Midshipman Warwick Seymour Bracegirdle in 1928 was presented for loan to the Australian War Memorial on Wednesday morning. Miss Cayla Johnston presenting the King's Medal to Head of Heraldry and Technology, Nick Fletcher. At 14 years of age, Warwick Bracegirdle entered the Royal Australian Naval College on 1 January 1925. In 1928, he …

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  • 7th Infantry Brigade Band: Bandsmen who owned their own instruments

    Monday 14 September 2015 by . 2 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is currently involved in a project to find stories related to music during the First World War and the individuals who were involved in contributing to musical performances within the AIF at this time. The followingisa listof selected members of the 7th Infantry Brigade Band who were known to be musicians and also took their own instruments with them when they enlisted. The instruments are recorded as …

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  • Launch of The Changi Book

    Tuesday 18 August 2015 by Lachlan Grant. 3 comments

    The Changi Book

    Seventy years ago on 5 September 1945 the Japanese occupation of Singapore came to an end. After a harrowing three and a half years of captivity, thousands of Allied prisoners of war were finally free. Among them was Australian soldier Sergeant C. DavidGriffin, who during his time in Changi had worked tirelessly to compile a collection of stories by fellow prisoners about life in the camp. It was hoped that these stories would form a …

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  • August at the Last Post Ceremony

    Monday 3 August 2015 by Jodi Hammond. 3 comments

    There are some significant anniversaries to be commemorated at the Last Post Ceremony during the month of August, particularly related to the centenary of the August Offensive. For further information about the ceremonies, please view the Last Post Ceremony Calendar. Australia’s Federation Guard will be in attendance on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th and 19th August. At 4.00 pm on those dates, a catafalque party will mount a vigil …

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  • Thank you!

    Tuesday 14 July 2015 by . 2 comments

    Officer checking a 1916 nominal roll

    Thank you forthe fantastic response to the appeal for assistance with the roll - we now have enough people to help finish the project. I will keep you all posted on the progress of the roll. Kind Regards, Robyn van Dyk Head, Research Centre. Are you interested in volunteering at the Australian War Memorial from home? Do you have some spare time in the next two months? The Memorial is seeking some volunteers to help finish the …

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  • Pattern 1908 Web Equipment

    Tuesday 14 July 2015 by . 2 comments

    Pattern 1908 web equipment with water bottle and bayonet frog. The entrenching tool helve which should be positioned next to the bayonet frog is missing. This set of equipment was issued to Private William George Hoffman, 32 Battalion. Private Hoffman wore this web equipment during an attack on the Hindenburg Line near Bellicourt on 29 September to 1 October 1918. He returned to Australia in 1919. RELAWM07759.001

    Pattern 1908 web equipment with water bottle and bayonet frog. The entrenching tool helve which should be positioned next to the bayonet frog is missing. This set of equipment was issued to Private William George Hoffman, 32 Battalion. Private Hoffman wore this web equipment during an attack on the Hindenburg Line near Bellicourt on 29 September to 1 October 1918. He returned to Australia in…

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