• Official war artist to join NORFORCE

    Thursday 10 May 2012 by . 1 comments

    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). Albert will be issued with uniform and field equipment on his arrival in Darwin, and then join a group of new recruits on an intensive two-week training course, so that he can observe what it takes to be a soldier in this…

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  • Reports of Proceedings: The Tobruk Ferry and HMAS Waterhen

    Wednesday 9 May 2012 by Theresa Cronk.

    The ongoing project to digitise AWM78 Reports of Proceedings, HMA Ships and Establishments has now reached 46 341 images. The reports of proceedings for seventy-nine ships are now available on the Memorial’s website. This includes all of the destroyers employed in the Tobruk Ferry.  Some of the ships that were later involved with the Tobruk Ferry, HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Yarra, have also been digitised. These files can be viewed …

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  • In their own words : ANZACs of the Western Front

    Monday 23 April 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 1 comments

    This presentation of WW1 film, together with voices of WW1 veterans, was produced by the Australian War Memorial's film and sound curators. The footage and original oral history recordings are part of the rich film and sound collections of the Australian War Memorial. The Memorial holds many oral history stories of the Great War; these are stories of veterans who survived to record their stories of the war years leading up to …

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  • The first taste of Gallipoli - 2012

    Saturday 21 April 2012 by Stuart Baines.

    Today we left the charms of the beautiful old city of Istanbul .... and yes the allure of the Bazaar....... and headed to Gallipoli to see the real reason for our journey for the first time. The feeling as we travelled down was exciting, exciting for the kids to see something so new and so meaningful and exciting for me to finally get my chance to hopefully inspire these fine young people as I had been inspired by the War Memorial and …

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  • Memorial prepares to commemorate First World War Centenary

    Monday 16 April 2012 by Dennis Stockman. 2 comments

    Prime Minister Gillard announces funding support for the First World War Galleries The Australian War Memorial will mark the Centenary of the First World War through a vibrant four year cultural program including changing our First World War galleries.  Sign up to e-Memorial for updates and follow how our planning is progressing. Refurbishment of the First World War galleries at the Australian War Memorial Prime …

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  • Perditta McCarthy: A remarkable lady, with an indomitable spirit and a wonderful sense of humour

    Thursday 15 March 2012 by Robyn Siers. 3 comments

    Born in 1916, Perditta Marjorie McCarthy’s life spanned almost a century. “Ditta” McCarthy, of Wagga Wagga, NSW, died peacefully in her sleep last weekend on 10 March after a long battle with failing health. She was 96. The Royal Australian Army Nursing Service has lost its highest ranking officer. McCarthy trained at the Sydney Hospital, graduating in 1939. She served with the Second AIF as a member of the Australian Army Nursing…

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  • 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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