• Love Letter Update for Valentine's Day

    Saturday 13 February 2010 by Nicholas Schmidt. 6 comments

    It has been a year since the first blog entry went up about Marthe Gylbert and her letter. In this time, with the help of some very generous people, I have been able to discover much about Marthe and her wonderful love letter. If you have not seen the previous blog entries, they can be found here and here. Marthe‘s nephew Jean Marc Gylbert has been very helpful and interested. He has provided much information about his family and …

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  • Recent acquisition: new Private Records relating to ‘G for George’

    Wednesday 3 February 2010 by Alessandro Antonello. 3 comments

    Detail of navigation map kept by William Gourlay, showing Nuremberg (PR04522) The Australian War Memorial has recently received important documents relating to the Nuremberg bombing raid of 30-31 March 1944 and the iconic Lancaster bomber ‘G for George’.  Through a generous donation, the navigation log and map made by William Albert Gourlay, navigator on board ‘G for George’ for the fateful raid, have been …

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  • Radio propaganda and the kindness of strangers

    Friday 15 January 2010 by Alessandro Antonello. 1 comments

    In 1944, Yvonne Jobling was a schoolgirl studying shorthand.  Every evening at her home in Geelong, Victoria, she practiced her shorthand by listening to the radio.  On Friday, 17 March 1944, she happened to be listening to the short-wave broadcast of Radio Tokyo, and heard messages from Australian prisoners of war.  Collection of letters sent to Yvonne Jobling, March 1944 (PR04494). Jobling took the messages of five …

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  • Recent acquisitions: nominal roll of 2/8th Battalion

    Thursday 7 January 2010 by Craig Berelle. 2 comments

    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. Card of Lt-Col John Mitchell DSO*, first CO of the 2/8th Battalion   Provenance Each card presents a record of service for an individual unit member. Their creation during the Second …

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  • First World War unit war diaries - digitising the final page

    Wednesday 6 January 2010 by Theresa Cronk. 20 comments

    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.   The final page to be scanned for the AWM4 digitisation …

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  • Rock n’ Roll and the first Radio RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia

    Wednesday 9 December 2009 by Pen Roberts. 3 comments

    “’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…

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  • Celebrating a year on the Commons on Flickr

    Wednesday 11 November 2009 by Liz Holcombe. 3 comments

    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. The photos are part of our photo collection of well over a million images which covers the experience of Australians at war and Australian military history from the 1860s to the present. We have uploaded other sets on the …

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  • Historically significant diaries of C.E.W. Bean are now online

    Monday 9 November 2009 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    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 …

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  • The diaries of C.E.W. Bean: 11 November 1918

    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…

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  • Memorial Film screening at Dendy Cinemas, Canberra

    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 …

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