• 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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  • Our Film Commission : John Martinkus in Afghanistan

    Monday 12 August 2013 by Stephanie Boyle.

    The 2011 appointment of the Memorial'sOfficial Cinematographer to Afghanistan followed in the Memorial’s tradition of official commissions since WW1. The Memorial commissionedJohn Martinkus, the first bona fidejournalist toact for the Memorial since Charles Bean, the Memorial's instigator. Martinkus' commission took himinto the world of the Australian soldier whose day to day realities include the challenges inherent in training …

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  • Memorial Box Banter

    Friday 26 July 2013 by Kathleen Cusack.

    Memorial Boxes are a wonderful learning resource for any age. Whilst some of the activities are tailored for a classroom environment, Memorial Boxes are also borrowed by organisations like aged care facilities to assist with reminiscence therapy and community museums to support particular displays. There are six titles in the Memorial Box series: Box 1 – Australia in the First World War Box 2 – Vietnam: the Australian experience Box …

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  • Armistice in Korea

    Friday 19 July 2013 by Michael Kelly.

    Armistice in Korea 27 July 1953 This date marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice at Panmunjom, Korea, that brought an end to the Korean War. The negotiations for the armistice had begun in July 1951 at Kaesong, until the building in which the negotiations had been conducted was destroyed in August. The negotiations did not resume until October that year and were moved to the new location of Panmunjom, a truce zone on …

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  • The Battle of the Samichon River - the Hook

    Friday 19 July 2013 by Michael Kelly. 4 comments

    Heavily damaged trenches on the Hook, 13 July 1953

    The Battle of the Samichon River - the Hook 24–26 July 1953 60th Anniversary of the last battle of the Korean War This week marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. In the three days leading up to the cease-fire, a savage battle was fought in the hills of the Jamestown Line at a position known as the Hook. Heavily damaged trenches on the Hook, 13 July 1953…

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  • The 95th anniversary of the battle of Hamel, 4 July 1918

    Tuesday 2 July 2013 by Meleah Hampton. 6 comments

    This Thursday, 4 July, marks the 95th anniversary of a pivotal battle of the First World War by Australian soldiers on the Western Front. The battle of Hamel, on 4 July 1918, was largely an Australian-planned battle which achieved a stunning victory over the Germans at the cost of minimal casualties. Hamel has been called a turning point of the First World War on the Western Front and the first ”modern” battle; certainly it marks the…

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  • Film Collection Online: The First World War

    Friday 28 June 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 2 comments

    TheAustralian War Memorialis currently in the process ofreleasing a vast selection of its film collection online as downloadable content through our website. This material, comprising of over 3000 titles, joins items from the Memorial’s sound collection which have been available online for the last few months. Already over 1200 film items have been released to our website. Each title that is available online has a link embedded on its …

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  • The complex story of Australian prisoners of war

    Monday 27 May 2013 by Emma Campbell. 2 comments

    The horror of hellships, death marches, and starvation, and the drama of great escapes, has shaped the public perception of Australian prisoners of war. But there is a more complex story, and the thousands held in captivity during the two world wars and the Korean war cannot define their internment only by these experiences. Leading historians, veterans, and family members will present new research on what it was like to be an Australian…

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