• 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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…

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  • 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 …

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  • For Active Service

    Friday 14 December 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments

      REL46119 watch chain with badges associated with Frank Pendlebury My name is Maxwell Warren and I am a work experience student at the Memorial. One part of my work experience was to research a person and one of his belongings held by the Memorial). This person was Private Frank Pendlebury, a soldier during the First World War. HMAT Borda in 1916 PB0280 Frank was born in Newcastle, NSW in December …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - A Lot Has Happened...

    Wednesday 5 December 2012 by Jamie Croker. 2 comments

    A lot of work has been carried out on the Hudson since the last blog update.  A large number of structural components have been manufactured and fitted into the lower airframe, culminating in the trail fitment last week of the 'Tunnel Gun' position.  Work will soon move forward and concentrate on the Navigators step and forward cabin detail, folowed by construction of the Radio Operators room directly behind the pilot.  …

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  • Caged birds: Australian Flying Corps prisoners of the First World War

    Monday 19 November 2012 by Emma Campbell.

    A wrecked D.H.5 aircraft near Railway Dugout in the Ypres Sector. It had crashed whilst assisting the operations of the infantry in the attack on Passchendaele Ridge. E04590 Dogfights and daring feats define the way we remember the airmen of the First World War. Popular imagination has been captured by the aces that ducked and dived in aerial duels with the enemy, notching up “kills” and narrowly avoiding crashes to …

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  • Turning points of the Second World War

    Monday 12 November 2012 by Emma Campbell.

    Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. -- British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, 10 November 1942  The nature and timing of the turning point of the Second World War has been debated and redefined numerous times since the end of the conflict in 1945. The Russian victory at Stalingrad in January 1943 has often been seen as the key to the eventual defeat of …

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  • One soldier - two identities

    Wednesday 3 October 2012 by Amanda Rebbeck. 10 comments

    My name is Brady Davison and I am a work experience student from St Stanislaus College, Bathurst. As part of my week at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra I researched the Next of Kin plaque commemorating the First World War service of Private John Joseph Edward Darnedt. Here is his story. Jack Darnedt's Next of kin plaque REL45890 John Joseph Edward “Jack” Darnedt was born in Collingwood, Victoria in 1899, one …

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