• 50th anniversary of sinking of HMAS Voyager II

    Thursday 6 February 2014 by Lenore Heath. 9 comments

    NAVY15894 Monday 10 February 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of a momentous event in Royal Australian Navy (RAN) history, the loss of the destroyer HMAS Voyager II following a collision with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne II. With many new crew members aboard, HMAS Voyager sailed from Sydney to Jervis Bay on 6 February 1964 for a series of post re-fit trials and exercises with HMAS …

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  • Collection Detection #5

    Tuesday 4 February 2014 by John Holloway. 11 comments

    "What is it?" Calling all teachers, students, and history buffs:test your observation and deduction with number five in our Collection Detection series. Tell us what you think this object is in the comments section below, and next week we will post the answer along with some questions for classroom research and discussion. Hint: This object was found at Lone Pine in January 1919 by Lieutenant William Hopkins James. Read on

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  • Collection Detection answer #4

    Tuesday 28 January 2014 by John Holloway.

    Thanks to everyone who submitted answers to last week's Collection Detection challenge either here on the blog or on our Facebook page. Well done to those who knew the answer! The answer It is a bullet pencil. Consisting of two parts, a .303 cartridge case and a 'bullet' which holds a pencil, this souvenir pencil holder was given as a gift, as part of Princess Mary's 1914 Christmas gift tin. The gift tin was the initiative of the …

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  • Collection Detection No. 4

    Monday 20 January 2014 by John Holloway. 4 comments

    What is it? Think you know? Tell us in the comments below. You'll find the answer posted next week! This small object, made in New Zealand from brass and sterling silver, was used during and after the First World War by servicemen and women serving for the British Empire. An ‘M’ and a crown are engraved on the side of the object and the letters CAC (standing for ‘Colonial Ammunition Company’) are engraved on the bottom.…

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  • On this day...20 December 1915

    Friday 20 December 2013 by Theresa Cronk. 2 comments

    On 20 December 1915, Private John Kingsley Gammage of the 1st Infantry Battalion wrote in his diary, This concludes a real experience that money could not buy with an enemy that fought fairly and clean. Gammagewas one of the last 10 000 Australian troops remaining at Anzac Cove. These men departed Anzac Cove during the night of Sunday 19 December through into the early hours of Monday 20 December 1915. The preparations for their …

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  • Remembered. The Dernancourt Cross

    Tuesday 17 December 2013 by Paul Taylor. 3 comments

    It isthe spring of 1918 andthe greatGerman offensive, Operation Michael, is driving westward. The morning of 5 April is misty with poor visibilty. At 6:55am, the men of the 12th and 13th Brigades of the 4th Division are in their forward positions along the railwayembankment as the German artillery barrage starts to fall. Behind the Australians is a long rising bare slope at the top of which is the Amiens – Albert road. In front of …

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  • A large monster

    Tuesday 26 November 2013 by . 2 comments

    “Pulled out of bed in the dead of night by a large monster that ultimately turned out to be a man with his gas mask on.” - Captain Robert Grieve of the 37th Battalion. Gas masks saved lives but also caused fatalities. They were extremely uncomfortable and hampered the movement of the men, inducing fatigue, disorientation, and confusion. Corporal Arthur Thomas of 6th Battalion wrote 19 March 1918: “It was terrible there were about …

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  • Collection Detection Answer No. 3

    Monday 18 November 2013 by John Holloway.

    Thanks to everyone who submitted answers to last week's Collection Detection challenge either here on the blog or on our Facebook page. Well done to those who knew the answer! RELAWM00326 Answer Improvised sentry’s warning wires such as this one were often strung along trench lines during the First World War. Made from recycled junk, they provided a quick and easily accessible …

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  • Collection Detection No. 3

    Wednesday 6 November 2013 by John Holloway. 2 comments

    What is it? This length of barbed wire with metal jam tins and lids, and a flattened metal plate attached was found on Pope’s Hill on Gallipoli in 1919. Give us your best guess in the comment box below. The answer will be revealed next week, along with an interesting story you could use in your classroom. Read on

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  • All of them, one of us: the Unknown Australian Soldier

    Monday 4 November 2013 by Emma Campbell. 1 comments

    "He is all of them. And he is one of us.” This Remembrance Day marks two significant anniversaries: it will be 95 years since the end of the First World War and 20 years since the remains of an unknown Australian soldier who died in that conflict were interred in the Australian War Memorial’s Hall of Memory. The entombment of the unknown soldier on 11 November 1993 was a significant and highly emotional occasion for Australians, …

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