• Records of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals

    Monday 17 January 2011 by Craig Berelle.

    Official Records is pleased to announce that arrangement and description of the records of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals are now complete. The records have been assigned the series number AWM277, and are catalogued to the National Archives of Australia database, RecordSearch. AWM277 [828] file cover from one of the oversize items in the series Background The basis of this series is the documentation created by…

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  • Christmas Dinner During War

    Thursday 23 December 2010 by Kathryn Hicks. 2 comments

    When we think of Christmas we think of presents, decorations and most importantly Christmas dinner. What was Christmas dinner like for those at war? Private Charles Bennett (PR04245) writes in his letters home about the Christmas dinner he had in an English camp in 1916. He had: Turkey, Ham, Roast Potato, Peas, Parsnips, Xmas pudding, Café au Lait, apples, orange, bananas, saffron cakes, mince pies Lieutenant Donald Armstrong …

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  • Roo De Kanga

    Friday 29 October 2010 by Justin Powell. 4 comments

    Improvised Australian street sign, ROO DE KANGA, from Peronne, France

    Improvised Australian street sign, ROO DE KANGA, from Peronne, France RELAWM00969 This blog post was written by Justin Powell, a post-graduate student from the Australian National University who briefly worked at the Memorial as an intern in ourMilitary Heraldry and Technologysection. The Memorial’s collection houses a number of First World War trench signs and notice …

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  • Discovering tradition in post-war Japan

    Wednesday 6 October 2010 by Pen Roberts. 6 comments

    It all began with a small flower arrangement in a Tokyo shop window. Norman Sparnon was working for ATIS (Allied Translator and Interpreter Section), part of the US Department of the Army. This was post-war Japan, and Sparnon was witness to the extraordinary transformation of a traditional society being channelled swiftly into a modern democracy. It was 1949, and Sparnon and Mary, his American wife of one year, had just moved to the …

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  • The Dinkum Oil

    Thursday 30 September 2010 by Nicholas Schmidt. 1 comments

    This afternoon I will be talking about an interesting collection, held in the Memorial's Research Centre, on Canberra's 666 ABC Drive program. (Update: listen to it here) While serving overseas Australian servicemen and women have often produced publications for their own entertainment and the Memorial collects these in the Troopship and Unit Serials collection. The collection is diverse including publications from the Boer War up to …

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  • Celebrating Spring and new life at the Memorial

    Wednesday 29 September 2010 by LEUT Debra Holland.

    Learning to swim Spring  and new life  came to the Memorial on Tuesday 21 September when our resident mother duck introduced her latest hatching of 11 ducklings to the world. Much to the delight of staff and visitors, the baby ducklings took to the Pool of Reflection in our Commemorative Area to learn to swim, under the close eye of  their mother of course.     By Thursday morning 23 September the ducklings …

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  • Who was the Accordion Man?

    Friday 24 September 2010 by LEUT Debra Holland.

    An unidentified Australian ex prisoner of war playing his accordion at "Bicycle" Camp We are seeking your help to identify a former Australian prisoner of war who will appear in the next edition of our quarterly journal Wartime. Dubbed ‘The Accordion Man’ by Memorial historians, the Digger is pictured smiling to the camera and holding a small battered accordion. The photograph was taken 65 years ago on 24 …

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  • New National Service memorial fountain dedicated

    Sunday 12 September 2010 by LEUT Debra Holland. 5 comments

    The National Service Memorial Thousands of former National Servicemen and their families came together in Canberra last week to take part in the official dedication by the Governor- General on 8 September of their new memorial fountain located in the Eastern Precinct of  the  Australian War Memorial. Beneath sunny skies old mates gathered together to laugh and shed a few tears, swap yarns and remember absent friends …

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  • New Second World War galleries open

    Monday 6 September 2010 by Liz Holcombe. 2 comments

    The Second World War galleries recently opened to the public after a re-development that puts never-before-seen objects alongside some remodeled existing exhibits. The Dingo Scout car. The new items include a rare Australian armoured vehicle, the Dingo scout car; a captured German Flak 38 anti-aircraft gun still in its original desert camouflage; and a unique Chevrolet lorry and Breda anti-aircraft gun combination used…

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  • New display of First World War postcards

    Tuesday 11 May 2010 by Pen Roberts. 7 comments

    The postcard concept had its origins in Germany and the United States in the middle of the nineteenth century. By the outbreak of the First World War, millions of postcards were being sent across the world via postal services. The phenomenon of collecting postcards was also well and truly established. A new display featuring images of women from the First World War postcard collection, is currently showing in the Australian War …

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