Thursday 7 January 2010 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments.
News, New acquisitions

Official Records is pleased to announce the acquisition of original nominal roll cards of the 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion into the National Collection. The nominal roll has been catalogued as AWM359 on the RecordSearch database.

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Wednesday 6 January 2010 by Theresa Cronk. 20 comments.
News, Anzac Connections

There was movement in the Research Centre yesterday afternoon as news spread about a momentous event in the history of the AWM4 First World War unit war diaries digitisation project. For those who have been involved in this project, space was not an issue as we crammed into the digitisation room to witness the scanning of the final page at 2pm on 5 January 2010.

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Wednesday 9 December 2009 by Pen Roberts. 3 comments.
News

“’Rock Around the Clock’ took the place by storm,” recalls Doug Lewin. “People in Butterworth and Penang loved it.”

This was 1956 and the global hit by “Bill Haley and the Comets” was broadcast through a small radio station set up by the men of RAAF No. 2 Construction Squadron at Butterworth in Malaysia. The squadron was there to construct an airfield strip in Butterworth for the British during the Malayan Emergency. They were housed in a camp of Attap huts next to the construction site, and rock was sourced from a quarry about 5 miles away.

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Wednesday 11 November 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 3 comments.
Collection, Of love and war, News Exhibition, Of Love and War, flickr commons, Flickr, Armistice, Remembrance Day, 11 November

Officers of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade. One year ago today, the Australian War Memorial joined the Commons on Flickr.  We put up a set of 30 photos of soldiers, sailors, nurses, airmen, wives, mothers, sisters, sweethearts, a prime minister, and a koala.

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Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments.
News, Collection First World War, Digitisation

The notebooks, diaries and folders created by Charles Bean during and after the First World War have immense historic value and are considered to be one of the most significant records created by a single Australian. The collection includes 286 volumes of diaries and historical notebooks recorded by Bean at the time and often at the front line. The diaries are firsthand accounts of the war and offer a unique perspective due to Bean’s status as official correspondent.

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Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn van Dyk. 4 comments.
News, Collection, Opinion, views and commentary First World War, Armistice

The notebooks and diaries of C.E.W. Bean provide valuable insight into the last days of the First World War. Bean was Australia’s sole official correspondent and he worked assiduously throughout the four years of the war recording events, often from the front line.

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Friday 6 November 2009 by Stephanie Boyle. No comments.
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War films show soldiers constantly locked in battle and participating in non-stop action - but the reality of war is actually much different. "No Dramas", a film by Robert Nugent commissioned by the Australian War Memorial, shows what life is really like for our troops deployed to combat zones.

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Thursday 29 October 2009 by Emma Campbell. No comments.
News

Wednesday 28 October 2009 by Pen Roberts. No comments.
News

Around Australia racing excitement is reaching fever pitch in anticipation of next week’s Melbourne Cup. That day full of champagne, sunlight glinting or raindrops sploshing on the jockeys’ colours, the smell of clods of turf being turned up as the horses pound along ...

Back in 1945 a “Pony Race Meeting” to be held on June 16 in Dutch New Guinea was similarly anticipated. It was scheduled to begin at 1330 hours, with eight races followed by a screening of “The Man Who Came To Dinner” starring Bette Davis and Monty Woolley.

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