• 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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  • 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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