Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Emma Campbell. 4 comments.
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Pipers flank the men who fought in the battle of Long Tan during the dedication ceremony.Pipers flank the men who fought in the battle of Long Tan during the dedication ceremony. P04665.798

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Friday 31 August 2012 by Marylou Pooley. 4 comments.
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Steve Gower.  Photo courtesy of Silas BrownSteve Gower. Photo courtesy of Silas Brown
After more than 16 years as Director of the Australian War Memorial Steve Gower AO AO (Mil) retires on Friday 31 August 2012.

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Wednesday 22 August 2012 by Emma Campbell. No comments.
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When war was declared in August 1914, it began a period of great upheaval for the lives of Australians. The young nation of just over 4 million sent 330,000 men to foreign lands such as Turkey, Egypt, France, and Belgium with the newly formed Australian Imperial Force (AIF). Most families had at least one member – or a friend or neighbour – in the fight.

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Thursday 9 August 2012 by Marie Kesina. 8 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection, Collection Highlights

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra. On 9th August 1942, the cruiser came to a catastrophic end in the Pacific during the Battle of Savo Island. Captain Frank Edmund Getting was in command at the time. He had a long association with the Navy. His story, and that of HMAS Canberra, was uncovered whilst scanning the Reports of Proceedings for HMAS Canberra.  

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Friday 27 July 2012 by Lauren Beckman. 19 comments.
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Wednesday 4 July 2012 by Stuart Bennington. 7 comments.
News, New acquisitions, Collection, Anzac Connections

On occasion a totally unexpected document walks in the front door and into Official Records.  Recently a report made at Gallipoli was generously donated by Cindy Osborne to the Memorial.  The document in question is a handover report from the Commanding Officer 26th Infantry Battalion to the Commanding Officer of the 28th.  The Russell Top handover report is a most welcome addition to the Official Records held at the Memorial, for although we hold the War Diaries of the units involved, supporting reports such as this one are rarely present in the Gallipoli records.

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Monday 25 June 2012 by Emma Campbell. 2 comments.
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Acclaimed British author and Second World War historian Antony Beevor will deliver the keynote address at the Australian War Memorial’s annual history conference to be held in Canberra in September.

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Monday 28 May 2012 by Emma Campbell. 13 comments.
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The Pacific war campaign fought by the Australians on Bougainville in 1944–45 has long suffered from a poor reputation: during its first few months, the operation was disparaged by politicians and the media as “mopping-up”; for decades afterwards, it was criticised as “unnecessary”.

But in his new book The Hard Slog, Australian War Memorial historian Dr Karl James argues that the arduous fight that involved more than 30,000 Australians – 500 of whom were killed – against the Japanese on the South Pacific island was both important and successful.

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Monday 14 May 2012 by . 2 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Family history, New acquisitions, Collection

Last month, the Memorial was delighted to accept a Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train (RANBT) diary, donated by Mr Martin Smee of Port Elliot, South Australia.  Mr Smee made the trip to Canberra to personally deliver the diary, which has been part of his family's valuable family history for many years.  The diary was written by his grandfather, Able Seaman Driver Laurie John Smee.  Born in South Australia, Laurie ran away to sea when just 17.  After serving on various merchant ships and making his way to England, he joined the Royal Navy and served on several British ships before returni

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Thursday 10 May 2012 by . 1 comments.
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Tony Albert

The artist Tony Albert visited the Australian War Memorial this week in preparation for his commission as the Memorial’s official artist attached to the North West Mobile Force (NORFORCE).

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