• Collection Detection No. 3

    Wednesday 6 November 2013 by Yi Jiang. 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

    Visitors file past the newly interred tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier in the Memorials Hall of Memory in November 1993.

    "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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  • Memorial Box Banter - Part II

    Thursday 3 October 2013 by Kathleen Cusack.

    The current Memorial Box suite

    There are few places in Australia that have been so directly affected by war like north Queensland. Even today, defence remains at the heart of our tropical cities. With the generous assistance of the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, the Australian War Memorial is fortunate to be able to have a suite of Memorial Boxes available for schools and community organisations in these northern regions. For these borrowers, in …

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  • Dig Deeper - Finding the elusive Count von Spee

    Tuesday 1 October 2013 by Stuart Baines. 1 comments

    Group portrait of unidentified officers of the German cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.

    With what seemed like an inevitable movement towards war in Europe from mid 1914, of great concern to Australia was the presence in the Pacific of the German East Asia Squadron under the command of Vice Admiral Count Maximilian von Spee. He commanded two powerful armoured cruisers, SMS Scharnhorst and Gneisenau; three light cruisers, SMS Emden, Nurnberg, and Leipzig; a torpedo boat, and, some small gunboats, but von Spee’s actual …

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  • Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fleet entry of 1913

    Friday 27 September 2013 by .

    P05811.002 - Group portrait of three HMAS Sydney shipmates, c.1913

    Written by Alexandra Orr The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is hosting an International Fleet Review, to be held in Sydney from 3 to 11 October 2013. This high-profile event, which will showcase ships from some 20 nations, is being held to mark the centenary of the first fleet entry of the fledgling RAN into Sydney in 1913. P05811.002 - Group portrait of three HMAS Sydney shipmates, c.1913 Why was the arrival of the RAN’s first fleet …

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  • Alexander Cyril Ferguson medal donation

    Monday 23 September 2013 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments

    Ms Rebecca Britt (AWM), Mr Gerard Ferguson, Ms Amanda Rebbeck (AWM), Mr Ron Ferguson and Mr Tim Sullivan (AWM)

    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

    Making a well frame - AWM224 MSS637G

    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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