Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn van Dyk. 4 comments
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. Charles Bean was staying in Lille, France during November, 1918. He was an experienced investigator and interviewer and his diaries of the weeks before Armistice detail the…
Friday 6 November 2009 by Stephanie Boyle.
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. Shot in Iraq in April 2006, the film explores the isolation and routines of Australian soliders, and the long periods of …
Wednesday 4 November 2009 by Alexandra Orr. 2 comments
HMAS Parramatta (author's collection) The Australian War Memorial faces unique challenges presented by the modern age to its collection development for recent conflicts, including Iraq and Afghanistan. With email, phones and internet communicative tools largely replacing traditional keepsakes such as diaries and letters, this has made identifying and retaining objects of the ADF experience in modern conflict rather …
Thursday 29 October 2009 by Emma Campbell.
Mr Ray Hasler accepts a Lone Pine tree seedling from senior historian Peter Burness on the 75th anniversary of the tree planting It has been 75 years since the Duke of Gloucester planted a tree in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial , in memory of all those who fought and died at the Battle of Lone Pine on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 6 August, 1915. Men dressed in top hats and Boy Scouts from Braidwood, NSW, …
Wednesday 28 October 2009 by Pen Roberts.
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…
Thursday 15 October 2009 by Keiko Tamura.
The Australia-Japan Research Project website has been updated with new contents. 1. Japanese Midget Submarine attack on Sydney Harbour and its aftermath The AJRP has conducted a study on the aftermath of the Japanese midget submarine attack in Sydney Harbour in 1942 and the research outcome has been added to our website. Dr Tamura, the AJRP project manager, carried out archival and field research in Australia and Japan to collect …
Tuesday 13 October 2009 by Dennis Stockman.
To celebrate the arrival of 'Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond,' teachers passionate about art are being invited to participate in a special learning day in Canberra. This one day program also includes an opportunity to explore collections in two of the National Capital's premier institutions - The Australian War Memorial and the National Portrait Gallery. Read on
Friday 2 October 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 2 comments
Common Ground is a global meet up celebrating the Commons on Flickr. Many of the organisations which have images in the Commons will be participating in the meet-up, which will take place on the weekend of 2 and 3 October. The meet-up will be in the form of a projection onto - or within - the participating institution's building at night (or suitable day-time location) using a slideshow of content from the Commons…
Tuesday 29 September 2009 by Pen Roberts.
Published and Digitised Collections holds a significant and growing collection of printed and digital memorabilia from recent conflicts and peace keeping deployments. Commander Greg Swinden (RAN) has donated a rich collection of artefacts from his deployment on Operations TANAGER (East Timor), TREK (Solomon Islands) and SLIPPER (Gulf 2). He has also generously written a narrative for a personal newspaper cuttings collection which covers …
Thursday 10 September 2009 by Nicholas Schmidt. 3 comments
PR03970 PR03970 Those who regularly read the AWM blog might remember the Valentine’s Day blog post about a mysterious love letter from a young French woman to her soldier sweetheart. This letter, and the mystery that surrounds it, created lots of interest. With the help of an enthusiastic member of the public, and her wonderfully helpful relative in France, we have since found a few more details about Marthe and her …