Wednesday 28 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 6 comments
Yesterday at the Christ Church in Queanbeyan NSW the funeral of a local community stalwart, Bede Tongs OAM MMwas conducted. Amongst the many mourners inside andoutside the Churchwere several current and ex-members of staff and senior management of the Australian War Memorial including yours truly. It is tremendously hard to put into so few words what a positiveimpact Bede had not just on me personally and professionally, but on my …
Tuesday 27 January 2015 by Kathleen Cusack.
On the day that the Armistice was signed, whilst shouts of rejoicing could be heard in every direction, I stood alone with a lump in my throat, feeling in no mood to wave flags, though deeply grateful that hostilities had ceased and that no more precious human lives would have to be sacrificed.* A few weeks after the First World War ended, Gladesville resident, Dora Boulton, opened her mail to read these words from Victorian chaplain, …
Tuesday 20 January 2015 by Theresa Cronk.
We all wished everybody the best of luck in the New Year particularly those at home. The above words were penned on 1 January 1915 by Captain Charles Albert Barnes in a letter that he had started to write to his mother on Christmas Day 1914. The letter was continually added to on a daily basis, along the lines of a diary, until the last addition on 17 January 1915. This letter has been digitised as part of the Memorial’s major …
Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 5 comments
How best to remember someone? In the past, when someone died, some people created scrap books or dossiers as a way of working through their grief and gathering together all the memorabilia. This is what Maude Edmondson did when her son died at Tobruk in 1941, in an action for which he received a Victoria Cross. A collection compiled by Maude Edmondson after the death of her son, donated to the Australian War Memorial. How are loved ones…
Thursday 18 December 2014 by Theresa Cronk.
You wouldn’t think it possible to have a Merry Xmas in a place like this, would you? Well forget it...Thanks to a good lot of fellows du vin and the Almighty spreading a fog over the landscape we had Peace, Goodwill and a good time. Captain Reginald Harriman Heywood, 4th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, 25 December 1917 25 December 1917 dawned at Templeux-la-Fosse, France as another wintry day. It was a day that was reportedly not so …
Thursday 11 December 2014 by John Holloway.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer: It is a torpedo siren whistle. When blown, a pair of internal steel rotors spin to produce a low, rising siren sound, which would alert sailors to the imminent threat of any torpedo spotted approaching their ship. Torpedos—underwater missiles propelled by compressed air—were capable of crippling or sinking even …
Wednesday 3 December 2014 by John Holloway. 2 comments
What is it? Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments section below. We will post the answer and the full story next week! This is #15 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it. Read on
Monday 1 December 2014 by Theresa Cronk. 2 comments
Unobtrusively and steadily for the last three months, from its corner of the office, a sole flatbed scanner has continually issued a high pitched whirring as page after page has been placed face down on a glass plate and the “Scan Now” button selected. Nearby computers have hummed whilst catalogue records have been diligently prepared for the purpose of releasing digitised pages online. The sharing of stories and quotes contained …
Monday 1 December 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 2 comments
The Australian War Memorial is seeking copyright permission to reproduce in detail the following embroidered squares from the Australian Changi quilt for a publication. Some 400 women and children were taken prisoner after the fall of Singapore in February 1942. The Australian Changi quilt was made by women interned in Changi prison, and is made up of 66 individual squares with different designs and messages. To mark the 70th Anniversary…
Wednesday 19 November 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments
Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer: The first of Chudleigh's two wartime concertinas: a Lachenal 20-key Anglo. It is a concertina, which belonged to Australian soldier Herbert Chudleigh during the First World War. He enlisted in August 1914, at 22 years of age. Two months later the accountant from Liverpool Road in Ashfield, Sydney, left Australia, and…