• 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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  • MOvember MOtivation

    Wednesday 23 November 2011 by Lauren Hewitt.

    We know that some of you out there are neglecting your razors in the name of raising money for a good cause, even some of the good men here at the War Memorial have put their hand up to cultivate magnificent moustaches. So we thought we’d bring you some MOtivational photos from our archives, to show you that competitive MO growing has been going on for decades! ABLE BODIED SEAMAN COOPER, RAN, SHOWING OFF HIS BEARD ON …

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  • The Iconic Changi Quilts

    Wednesday 16 November 2011 by Sue Ducker.

    The Memorial is interested in making contact with the relatives or contributors to the famous Changi quilts.  If you can provide more information about the women who made these quilts please contact sue.ducker@awm.gov.au.  REL/14235 - Embroidered quilt : Female internees, Changi Prison, "Australian Quilt" REL When Singapore fell on 15 February 1942, 400 women and children were interned. The quilts were the idea of Mrs …

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  • Remembering the first-year battles of the Pacific war

    Tuesday 15 November 2011 by Emma Campbell. 5 comments

    On 7 December 1941, the Japanese attacked the United States’ Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, destroying dozens of ships and planes, and killing thousands of American servicemen. Japan and the United States were at war. Australians were already fighting in Europe and the Middle East, but Prime Minister John Curtin quickly expanded Australia’s Second World War commitments, declaring that we, too, were at war with Japan because …

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  • Curating from Afghanistan : Collecting in Action, February 2011

    Monday 14 November 2011 by Stephanie Boyle. 2 comments

    As senior curator of Film and Sound at the Memorial, I was greatly privileged in February this year to go with the ADF to the Australia’s area of Middle Eastern Operations.   Not only did I meet with and interview an amazing range of ADF members based in or around Al Minhad, Kandahar, Tarin Kot and Kabul, but I found myself in the rare position of being a female civilian, totally immersed in the ADF’s world.   I trained with …

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