• 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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  • 95th Anniversary of Gallipoli Campaign

    Friday 23 April 2010 by Nicholas Schmidt. 1 comments

    This ANZAC Day marks the 95th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign, when tens of thousands of British, French and Dominion troops landed on the Turkish coast. To acknowledge this anniversary, the Australian War Memorial’s Research Centre is displaying previously unseen original letters and diaries relating to the campaign. The Research Centre’s collection is a rich source of records that tells the story of Gallipoli …

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  • Private Leonard Granrott in the battle at Messines

    Monday 19 April 2010 by Robyn van Dyk. 7 comments

    In the lead up to Anzac Day on 25 April, the thoughts of many Australians  often turn to members of their own family who served during the First World War. The Australian War Memorial's databases hold a rich source of detail for  families who may want to learn more about the service of their relative. I was asked recently by ABC radio about what can be found online and in the Memorial's collections to help tell us the story of …

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  • Fromelles: identifying the fallen

    Friday 19 March 2010 by Aaron Pegram. 6 comments

      Private Thomas Cosgriff, 59th Battalion, of Albert Park, Victoria, was one of 1,701 Australians killed at Fromelles on 19/20th July 1916. His remains and those of 74 others were positively identified through DNA testing. DA10774 Earlier this week the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Allan Griffin announced the results of the first Joint Identification Board held to identify the remains of 250 Australian and British …

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  • Australian War Memorial Fromelles tour, 2010

    Friday 19 February 2010 by Peter Burness. 7 comments

    A unique and remarkable ceremony of Australian national significance will be conducted in France on 19 July 2010. It will be the culmination of the long search for those killed, and whose bodies were never recovered, in the disastrous Battle of Fromelles in French Flanders 94 years ago. Now discovered, 250 bodies are finally being laid to rest in the specially constructed Fromelles Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery. The first burials of …

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