• WWI letters & diaries at the Memorial.

    Monday 18 April 2011 by Sue Jamesion. 4 comments

    As the Memorial gears up for WWI Centenary commemorations, AWM cataloguer indexer, Sue Jamesion, begins work on a diary from 1914, With the Centenary of the Great War of 1914-1918 only a few years away, staff in the Research Centre at the Australian War Memorial are busily working on a variety of special projects aimed at supporting the Australian community's commemoration of this momentous occasion.  One such project …

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  • What did we do before Google Earth?

    Thursday 7 April 2011 by Andrew Currey. 2 comments

    One of the many problems trench warfare presented to soldiers in the First World War was finding out what the enemy was doing behind his lines.  The simple solution to this was height, and in a relatively short time many ways of getting men and a camera off the ground were developed. Some are simple and ingenious, others were more complex: two German examples are an observation post disguised as a tree, and a periscope which can extend …

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  • Closure of the Birdwood papers between 11 April and 2 May 2011

    Thursday 31 March 2011 by Nicholas Schmidt. 1 comments

    The papers of Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood will be undergoing conservation, rehousing and digitisation for their long term preservation. Informal portrait of Birdwood in his office at ANZAC Headquarters in 1917 E00539 This important collection has been held in the Memorial’s Research Centre since the 1960s. Birdwood is a significant figure in Australian military history. He commanded the Australians for much of the …

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  • Sarbi visits the Australian War Memorial

    Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Carlie Walker. 1 comments

    Sarbi image Date: Tuesday 5 April 2011 at 1:00 pm Location: Animals in War Sculpture Garden Australian War Memorial Sarbi will be receiving a Purple Cross from the RSPCA Please do not bring animals to the event EDD (Explosive Detection Dog) Sarbi is an Australian Army working dog, please do not pat or crowd her Read on

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  • The Bicycle in Warfare

    Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ally Roche. 4 comments

    The bicycle is a machine that we can all relate to, it’s a common denominator.  Be that early childhood memories of the first ride down that steep hill, the freedom to go distances that would be problematic on foot or that flat tyre at the most inconvenient time. Today, bike technology has changed dramatically from the bikes that were being used in the First World War.  No carbon fibre frames or dual suspension shock absorbers, gears…

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  • World War One treasure trove found

    Friday 25 February 2011 by Peter Burness. 29 comments

    Vignacourt is an old rural village in France, larger than most, 12 kilometres north of the city of Amiens. During the First World War it stood behind the front-line of the Somme fighting, although the action was never far away and soldiers were always present.  For much of the time it was a forward rest area where troops arrived to recover from recent battle and prepare for the next. Men were billeted in the houses, lofts, stables and …

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  • Governor-General officially opens the Memorial's Hall of Valour

    Thursday 24 February 2011 by LEUT Debra Holland.

    Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC, with Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, in the Hall of Valour, 21 February 2011. Before a gathering that included living Victoria Cross holders Keith Payne VC OAM, Corporal Mark Donaldson VC, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia officially opened the Hall of Valour …

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  • For Valentine’s Day - The airman who married the general’s daughter

    Monday 14 February 2011 by Nicholas Schmidt. 4 comments

    Recently, I have been working on the papers of Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood, the First World War British General who commanded the Australian Corps for much of the First World War (including at Gallipoli). Amongst the papers, donated by the Birdwood family in the 1960s, I have found a story I think is suitable for a Valentine’s Day blog entry. My research is continuing but it was the romantic notion of ‘The airman who married the …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Support structure fitout begins.

    Tuesday 1 February 2011 by Jamie Croker. 3 comments

    The aft turret support bulkhead was fitted to the fuselage late last week, and is the first major peice of the turret support structure to be completed and installed.  The installation of this bulkhead will give the structural integrity to allow the removal of damaged and modified floor structure, and the continuing installation of support structure further forward in the fuselage. Rear fuselage prior to installation of…

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  • Howse family pay tribute to first Australian awarded the Victoria Cross

    Thursday 20 January 2011 by LEUT Debra Holland.

    Three generations of the Howse family at the Hall of Valour Accompanied by her own children and grandchildren, Canberra identity Mrs Valerie Howse OAM  came to the Australian War Memorial recently to tour the newly opened Hall of Valour and to pay tribute to her late father-in-law, Major General Neville Reginald Howse VC KCB KCMG, honoured as the first Australian to be awarded the Victoria Cross  in 1900 during the…

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