• Celebrating all our heroes

    Thursday 14 March 2013 by Brendan Nelson.

    Thisis the opinion piece I wrote for the Canberra Times; it appears in the 14 March 2013 edition of the paper. Success in life requires three things - show humanity toward others, nurture the inner integrity of your intellect and keep an open mind – open to new ideas and people. When recently in Afghanistan, an Australian soldier remarked, “Sir, when I take my son to the War Memorial, I can show him what his great-grandfather did. I …

    Read on

  • From the Film and Sound Collection - The Great Arrival/My Hero

    Wednesday 13 February 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 1 comments

      This footage is an edited down version of a recent donation to the Australian War Memorial - F11790 - entitled 'The Great Arrival.' The footage shows Arthur John Carmody, who served in the RAAF, greeting his English war bride Mary Carmody (nee Oldroyd). According to the story passed down through the family, Mary arrived on Australia Day 1946 at Station pier in Melbourne and was on the first ship of war brides coming from Europe. …

    Read on

  • War isn't the way it looks back here: Free Sunday Film Screening Series

    Wednesday 6 February 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    To complement Remember Me: The lost diggers of Vignacourt and its unique images of Australians on the Western Front, the Australian War Memorial  is showing five classic films that all present distinct visions of the First World War. This is a rare opportunity to see them on the ‘big’ screen. This Sunday, 10th of February, will be the third film in our series, Dawn Patrol, starting at 2pm. The screenings are free and open to…

    Read on

  • Would you like to volunteer at one of the world’s great museums?

    Wednesday 30 January 2013 by Rebecca Stevens. 2 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is looking for people who would like to train to become Voluntary Guides. Applications close soon.  If you enjoy working with the public, are confident about speaking in public and would like to contribute to an award-winning museum, why not apply! As a Voluntary Guide you will engage with our visitors by delivering free daily guided tours to some of the 800,000 plus people that visit the Memorial every …

    Read on

  • For Australia’s Heroes – the other ‘Australia Day’, 30 July 1915.

    Tuesday 22 January 2013 by Kerry Neale. 7 comments

    ‘It is unlikely that ‘Australia Day’ will ever be wholly forgotten by any who were privileged to take part in that magnificent outburst of giving. […] It seemed as if the whole community had abandoned itself to giving and spending all it had for the sake of the men on service.’ Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918, Volume XI: Australia during the War, pp. 729-730. REL33602. Fundraising ribbon …

    Read on

  • Happy 5th birthday, Flickr Commons

    Wednesday 16 January 2013 by Liz Holcombe. 2 comments

    January 16, 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of the Commons on Flickr. The pool of images has grown to more than 250,000 from 56 different libraries, archives, and museums around the world. To celebrate the occasion, we have put together a set of photos from our collection showing celebrations at the end of the two World Wars. While most were taken in the streets of Sydney or Melbourne, one was taken in New Guinea and one in Borneo. The …

    Read on

  • Private Carl Renner

    Monday 14 January 2013 by Dianne Rutherford. 4 comments

    My name is Thomas Mittwollen. I’m 16 years old and I am in year 10 at Bulli High School on the South Coast. I am currently doing work experience at the Australian War Memorial. In December I was put in Military Heraldry and Technology for one day and was asked to write a biography for Carl Renner. Carl, son of Harry and Anna Renner, was a farm labourer from Manly, Brisbane. He enlisted in the AIF on 1 June 1915 at the age of 19 years …

    Read on

  • Summer programs at the Memorial

    Friday 21 December 2012 by Lauren Beckman.

    Summer programs at the Memorial Things are starting to heat up in the Capital which can only mean that summer is well underway and the New Year is approaching fast. The Memorial has some exciting activities planned for the summer holidays for visitors. You can find details about these programs in our new Summer Brochure. Highlights include special tours of the Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt exhibition …

    Read on

  • At war for Christmas

    Thursday 20 December 2012 by Emma Campbell.

    On Christmas Eve 1914, soldiers of the British, French and German armies were hunkered down in trenches on the Western Front, their thoughts on their loved ones at home. As night fell, the sound of German soldiers singing carols drifted across no man’s land, and small fir trees and lanterns appeared on the tops of their trenches. Messages were shouted between the two sides, and some soldiers ventured out to meet and exchange gifts. The…

    Read on

  • Christmas messages from the AWM collection

    Tuesday 18 December 2012 by Daniel Eisenberg.

    The audio you hear playing at the beginning of this video is S05008, a Christmas message from Lieutenant Colonel William John Victor Windeyer (later Major General Sir William John Victor Windeyer, KBE, CB, DSO Bar). Lieutenant Colonel Windeyer was stationed in the Middle East as the commanding officer of 2/48 Battalion when he recorded this very personal Christmas message to his family. He makes no mention of the war as he speaks to …

    Read on

Pages