• Memorial art and objects a source of inspiration for artist Carla Wherby

    Tuesday 6 March 2012 by Alexandra Wiber.

    Assistant Curator Alexandra Wiber and artist Carla Wherby 9th January 2012. Image courtesy of Carla Wherby and Arts Access In January, Sydney artist Carla Wherby visited the Australian War Memorial to explore the collection. Wherby was awarded an Accessible Arts’ AART.BOXX scholarship, funded by Arts NSW in 2011. She is using the scholarship to attend the National Art School in Sydney and to visit institutions such as …

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  • Historians and Hollywood: the best war movies

    Tuesday 21 February 2012 by Emma Campbell. 16 comments

    This Sunday night, the stars of cinema will come together in Hollywood to celebrate the year’s best films at the 84th Academy Awards. Among the nine movies vying for best picture is Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, about a young Englishman who enlists to serve in the First World War after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Whether or not War Horse wins, it’s no surprise that a war film has made the best picture list. The …

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  • Filming the bombing of Darwin

    Friday 17 February 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 3 comments

    On the 19th of February seventy years ago, the city of Darwin was bombed. Sustaining heavy damage and civilian casualties in air raids by Japanese forces, this attack was the first of over sixty air raids conducted up until November 1943. For footage of the actual bombing, we today rely on the films of amateur filmmakers who were living or stationed in Darwin at the time. They also took in scenes of destruction, filmed once the danger …

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  • Russell Drysdale at war

    Tuesday 7 February 2012 by Sally Cunningham. 3 comments

    Soldier, drawn in Albury, NSW, 1942, oil on hardboard ART92623To mark the centenary of the birth of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, a new exhibition Russell Drysdale at war is being held at the Australian War Memorial. Exhibiting a collection of 15 of his wartime artworks, it presents a haunting account of the Australian home front during the Second World War. Drysdale was not an official war artist, …

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  • Victoria Cross records and ephemera

    Friday 3 February 2012 by Craig Berelle.

    Documents supporting the award of the Victoria Cross are now on display at the Reading Room of the Australian War Memorial. The display is arranged to show three themes associated with Australia's highest award for gallantry. These include official records produced leading to the award of the Victoria Cross; the ceremony of the award, which includes VC memorials and reunions; and items of commemoration, which are often autographed, …

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  • It's Dan's Life.

    Monday 30 January 2012 by Daniel McGlinchey. 1 comments

    As a duty curator in the Military Heraldry and Technology section, you discover some unexpected stories when items are donated to the Memorial. One such story was that of Sergeant Daniel Gallogly of the 6th Field Company Engineers and the embroidered souvenir from Egypt that he purchased in 1916. Gallogly's souvenir from Egypt  The souvenir was found recently at the 5th Combat Engineer Regiment’s facilities but …

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  • Dreaming of sponge cake in Yokohama

    Thursday 19 January 2012 by Emma Campbell. 1 comments

    Delighted to be home: four of the six Australian army nurses arrive in Sydney on 13 September, 1945. Left to right: Captain Kay Parker, Lieutenant (Lt) Lorna Whyte; Lt Daisy 'Tootie' Keast; Lt Mavis Cullen. 115953 Fried shrimps and scallops, ham “a la King” and lemon sponge: these were the dishes that six Australian Army nurses would dream of while they were held captive in Japan during the Second World War. …

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  • Mike Coleridge, Australian Vietnam War photographer, 1933-2012

    Friday 13 January 2012 by Ian Affleck. 14 comments

    Michael (Mike) Coleridge will always be remembered for the photograph he took on 26 August 1967 of a group of soldiers of 5 Platoon, B Company, 7RAR, waiting for an Iroquois helicopter to land and take them back to Nui Dat at the end of Operation Ulmarra. This photograph has become an Australian icon of the Vietnam War and is graphically featured on the Vietnam National Memorial on ANZAC Parade in Canberra. But this is just one of 558 …

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  • Canberra’s Summer Bonus Card

    Tuesday 20 December 2011 by Krissy Kraljevic.

    Get the most out of summer in the national capital with blockbuster exhibitions and family programs at Canberra’s top attractions. From 1 January to 1 February 2012 look for the Summer Bonus Card brochure at selected cultural institutions, Canberra Centre and the Canberra Visitor and Information Centre.  Detach the card from the brochure, slip it into your wallet and enjoy bonus benefits wherever you go.…

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  • In the collection: Conflict T-shirts

    Friday 25 November 2011 by Sue Ducker.

    The Australian War Memorial holds T-shirts from the numerous Peace Keeping missions in which Australians have served. A usually inexpensive and useful type of souvenir, the T-shirts are often humorous and visually creative. They are an example of how soldiers have adapted a civilian item of clothing to a deployment context. The Memorial is interested in making contact with anyone who contributed to the designs printed on the three …

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