• Alexander Cyril Ferguson medal donation

    Monday 23 September 2013 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments

    Sixty members of the extended Ferguson family travelled from around Australia to attend a medal donation ceremony this morning at the Australian War Memorial in commemoration of their forebear Alexander Cyril Ferguson. Alexander served in both the First and Second World Wars and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions near Zonnebeke in October 1917where he was a member of the Australian Army Medical Corps, attached to…

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  • Collection Detection answer no. 2

    Monday 16 September 2013 by Stuart Baines.

    We hope we havent kept you in suspense too long. Here is the latest collection detection mystery solved for you. Well done to those who got it correct. REL/00683.006 This is a salt spoon, part of a full silver service made by Wilkins Bremen, originally used by officers and guests in the wardroom of the German inspection ship KGS Komet. KGS stands for Kaiserliches Gouvernement Schiff …

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  • Transportation series dioramas: Consolidation

    Friday 13 September 2013 by Jocelyn Evans. 1 comments

    While Kasi has been working away at those pesky crates, I’ve been tasked with adhering the flaking paint on the painted backdrops. In conservation we call this process ‘consolidation’. While the backdrops of the large dioramas are all in pretty good shape, the two small diorama series (‘Transportation of Supplies’ and ‘Evacuation of the wounded’, each comprising 9 scenes) have not been so lucky. On some of these small …

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  • The Royal Australian Engineers in Egypt, Syria and Palestine, 1915-1918

    Thursday 12 September 2013 by Emily Witt. 2 comments

    If not for the work of the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) during the First World War, the Australian Army’s access to fresh water in the desert would have been very limited, and they would have struggled to cross any body of water they came across. Amongst other things, the Engineers were in charge of designing and building well systems, as well as both fixed and swing bridges to assist the Australian armed forces in their travel …

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  • Film Collection Online: DPR/TV - Make Someone Happy

    Monday 9 September 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of showreels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips! A major component of the Memorial’s film collection is the Army Directorate of Public Relations DPR/TV series of 16mm cine films. Starting in the early 1960s and ending in the early 1970s this series spans the Vietnam War, Indonesian …

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  • Second World War Graves

    Monday 9 September 2013 by Natasha Bobyreff.

    Soputa, New Guinea. 1944-06-14/02. Corporal T.L. white, of the 7th Graves Registration Unit writing the names of deceased personnel on crosses at the war cemetery.

    Soputa, New Guinea. 1944-06-14/02. Corporal T.L. white, of the 7th Graves Registration Unit writing the names of deceased personnel on crosses at the war cemetery. 066921 The nature of war has often meant that many Australian sons and daughters did not return home. Have you ever wondered what happened to our servicemen and women when they became casualties of war? In the …

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  • Education at the Memorial - Collection Detection No. 2

    Wednesday 4 September 2013 by Stuart Baines.

    What is it? Made from silver-plated brass, this handy object is around 10 cm long. ‘K.G.S KOMET’ is engraved on the handle, with ‘WILKENS BREMEN’ engraved on the underside. Found on board a steam powered yacht, it dates from around 1911. We would love to hear your thoughts. Post your ideas in the comments box. An answer will follow next week, along with an interesting story you might like to use in your classroom. Read on

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  • What's behind the hoardings?

    Monday 2 September 2013 by Vanessa Wright.

    The Memorial’s First World War galleries are currently undergoing some necessary construction work before the new exhibition is installed. On Tuesday 13 August, The Australian War Memorial’s Council received an exclusive tour behind the hoardings of the First World War galleries. Luckily for us, the Memorial’s photographers were also there to capture the moment and the progress of the redevelopment. Dressed in their construction …

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  • Film Collection Online: Not a Common Carrier

    Friday 30 August 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    To complement the release of the film collection online, the film and sound team are creating a series of showreels to give you a taste of the material that is now readily available at your fingertips! Recent additions to the film available on line include material from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Public Relations unit. This compile of selected clips focuses on the former flagship of the RAN, HMAS Melbourne, and on carrier …

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  • Dig Deeper - A Different Story

    Tuesday 27 August 2013 by Stuart Baines.

    Able Seaman William George Vincent Williams was the first recorded Australian casualty of the First World War. Born in Richmond on 24 November 1885, Williams worked for the Melbourne City Council prior to his enlistment.

    So often in the study of history it is easy to get caught up in the “big” events, or the story that has most struck a chord in the social consciousness. Sadly that often means that fascinating people, events and moments in time can go virtually unexplored. Maybe in the mystery or excitement of exploring something that is the lesser known story, we can inspire people and challenge them to get passionate about history. As Europe moved …

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