• 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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  • Gathering history in Afghanistan

    Monday 13 May 2013 by Emma Campbell. 1 comments

    Australia’s 12-year commitment to the war in Afghanistan has been a mix of tragedy and triumph: soldiers have been killed, Victoria Crosses won, and security and services improved in some parts of the war-ravaged nation. By the end of 2014, international forces will have gone – but what legacy will they have left? Australian War Memorial senior historian Dr Steven Bullard recently travelled to Afghanistan to interview serving members…

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  • Gallipoli: A ridge too far

    Monday 15 April 2013 by Emma Campbell. 1 comments

     A Ridge Too Far cover image

    The story of the landings on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 is a familiar one to Australians, commemorated each year on the anniversary and revered as a nation-building event. Yet much of the Gallipoli campaign – and in particular the major battles that took place in August – is not understood. In a new book, a group of distinguished international historians set to challenge some of the long-held misconceptions of the campaign by …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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. …

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  • 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…

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • Happy 5th birthday, Flickr Commons

    Wednesday 16 January 2013 by . 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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