• Welcoming Loved Ones Home

    Tuesday 5 May 2015 by Alexandra Biggs.

    The Welcome Home banner made by Jessie and Alice Middleton in 1919 to welcome home Private J.T.B. Elderfield. REL40074.

    This ‘Welcome Home’ banner was made by Jessie Mary Middleton and her mother Alice in 1919 to welcome Jessie’s fiancée John Thomas Bracey Elderfield back to Australia from active service in France. Banners welcoming loved ones home from overseas were common at the end of the First World War (and in conflicts since), but few have survived to this day. While it only has a few ‘Welcome Home’ banners in its First World War …

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  • Olivia’s Anzac Day

    Tuesday 28 April 2015 by Kathleen Cusack. 1 comments

    Anzac Day, 1943

    Anzac Day, 1943 138745 It was the crowds that bothered Olivia the most. Every Anzac Day ceremony the strangers swelled around her with somber faces. And last year it rained. This year Olivia was expected to endure the early morning freeze at the Memorial’s Dawn Service. Every year her parents insisted that she mark this day for a grandfather she hardly remembered. Her …

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  • Gallipoli to Afghanistan and the future: 100 years of mapping

    Friday 24 April 2015 by Robyn van Dyk. 5 comments

    Here, the Peninsula looks a tougher nut to crack than it did on [Lord Kitchener’s] small and featureless map. Sir Ian Hamilton, commander Dardanelles campaign, Diary, 18 March 1915 Gallipoli to Afghanistan and the future: 100 years of mapping is a joint exhibition between Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO) and the Australian War Memorial. The exhibition marks 100 years of Australian military mapping that started …

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  • "To win through safely would mean honour and achievement, on the other hand to fall would mean an honourable end."

    Friday 24 April 2015 by Robyn van Dyk.

    Last goodbyes, personal reflections and contemplations on the meaning and reality of war form part of the accounts of Australians on the eve of battle on 24 April, 1915. Brigadier General John Monash was one of many who wrote a last letter home: “In the event of my going out, you are to believe that I do so with only one regret, which is, the grief that this will bring to you and Burt and Mat. – For myself, I am prepared to take my …

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  • Ways of commemorating the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli

    Thursday 23 April 2015 by Liz Holcombe.

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Anzac Day goes beyond the landing, and is the day we remember the Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The Memorial is interested in how the anniversary will be commemorated in Australia and around the world, and we have a couple of online activities planned to mark this significant moment in history: a …

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  • First World War diaries digitisation project

    Wednesday 8 April 2015 by Robyn van Dyk. 12 comments

    To mark the centenary of the First World War the UNSW Canberra, Academy Library is digitising original First World War diaries in its collection. The Academy Library is seeking contact with relatives of the persons listed below. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, please contact Special Collections Curator Rose Holley via 02 6268 6088 or please contact the Library via library@adfa.edu.au Sir …

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  • Non-Australian civilian Birdwood connections

    Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May.

    This section of the Birdwood blog series contains names of non-Australian civilians, politicians, diplomats and businessmen. Some were people in authority, while others are everyday citizens writing to thank Birdwood for his service. One lady, Mrs Phillips, billeted Anzacs in her home in Edinburgh and had developed a high regard for the men. If have any connection to these people, please contact Charis May via PubandDig@awm.gov.au Other …

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  • Non-Australian military Birdwood connections

    Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May.

    When we look at all the correspondence in the files of Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, it is obvious that he was highly respected by military personnel and civilians alike. Each letter of thanks would have preceded a letter from Birdwood of congratulations. Many others wrote to him congratulating him on his achievements including his awards, military successes and leadership of the Australian Infantry Force. Continuing our …

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  • Non-Australian ex-military Birdwood connections

    Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May. 2 comments

    The writers in this Birdwood blog have retired from military service after serving in pre-First World War conflicts. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, the Memorial would love to talk to you. Please contact Charis May via PubandDig@awm.gov.au Other blogs relating to Birdwood correspondence can be found here : Australian military Birdwood connections, Unidentified Birdwood connections, …

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  • Good Friday, 1915

    Thursday 2 April 2015 by Alison Wishart. 2 comments

    Soldiers and civilians outside a burnt out building in Esbekiah Street, Cairo. April 1915.

    One hundred years ago, in 1915, Good Friday fell on 2 April. While their families were going to church and preparing fish dinners, the Anzacs stationed in training camps near Cairo, Egypt, went on a rampage. The 'Battle of Wazza' took place in Cairo's red light district. Parts of Derb el Wasa and Haret el Wasser(known affectionately as 'The Wozzer', Wassir, Wasser, Wassar etc.) were gutted.…

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