• 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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  • Remember remembering : Oral Histories of the First World War

    Wednesday 9 November 2011 by Stephanie Boyle. 2 comments

    Well, we got wind in the morning that the Armistice was either signed or about to be signed... And the word finally came through and of course there was great excitement... I was only sorry I hadn't arrived there Armistice night because the chaps that got off the train, the girls just formed a ring around them.. and they wouldn't let them out of the ring till they'd kissed every one of them. - Former Corporal Ted Smout, a member of the …

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  • Art in the Records: the illustrations of Bernie Bragg

    Friday 14 October 2011 by Sue Ducker.

    The Memorial’s Research Centre holds original First World War AIF War Diaries [AWM4] that are now available to view on our website.  Hidden among the volumes of these records are some wonderful artworks created by the artist Bernie Bragg. Bernard [Bernie] William Patrick Bragg [Service number 2870] enlisted at 21 years of age on the 16 November 1916 at the Royal Agricultural Show Ground in Sydney.  His service record [held at: …

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  • The Trench Art of Sapper Pearl

    Wednesday 12 October 2011 by Sue Ducker. 3 comments

    The Memorial holds a fantastic collection of First World War trench art made by Sapper Stanley Pearl, who served in the First World War and later worked at the Australian War Memorial. Stanley Keith Pearl [6756] enlisted at 21 years of age on the 9 November 1915 at the Tasmanian town of Ulverstone.  On his service record, [held at: National Archives Australia] when asked about civil convictions, he responds that he was once convicted …

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  • Revisiting the Charge at The Nek

    Tuesday 27 September 2011 by Emma Campbell. 6 comments

    A young man, fit and blond, waits nervously in a trench, clenching his bayonet-fixed rifle across his chest. A whistle sounds and he throws himself over the top of the trench into no man’s land, which is already littered with the bodies of his fellow soldiers. Machine-guns chatter, more of his companions are cut down, and the young man drops his bayonet and runs as hard as he can toward the enemy trenches. Chin up, arms outstretched, …

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