Thursday 17 April 2014 by Kerry Neale. 2 comments
What link does the Australian War Memorial have to George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett? In the Memorial’s National Collection is a Second World War medal group belonging to Aeneas John Lindsay McDonnell, born at Toowoomba, Queensland, in 1904. He enlisted for military service in Brisbane in May 1944. McDonnell had already served overseas with the Red Cross in Africa and the Middle East from April 1940 until November 1943, …
Tuesday 15 April 2014 by John Holloway.
What is it? Examine this object and tell us what you think it is in the comments.(Hint: It was found at Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli, in 1918.) We will post the answer and the full story next week! This is #8 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it. Read on
Monday 14 April 2014 by Emma Campbell.
The often criticised role of Australian forces during the final 12 months of the Second World War will be examined at an international conference of leading historians and academics being held on the 70th anniversary of the period. At the conference 1944: seventy years on, convened this month by the respected Second World War journal Global War Studies at Britain’s Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Australian War Memorial senior …
Friday 11 April 2014 by Stephanie Boyle.
.. We’ve had seven contacts, and 29 cache finds in the last three to four months.. we’ve killed three insurgents.. so it’s a quite active area. In 2011, the Memorial's official cinematographer John Martinkus travelled from Australia’s base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, to Patrol Base Samad, a small and simply constructed outpost where Australian troops train and mentor Afghan National Army members, and Patrol Base MirwaisSet the …
Tuesday 8 April 2014 by Emma Campbell. 2 comments
Photographer Robert Capas famous image of American troops on Omaha Beach during the Normandy D-Day landings on 6 June 1944. P06125.001 The battle for Normandy was one of the greatest military campaigns of the modern era, and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the fight to liberate Western Europe from Nazi occupation. The Memorial’s Wartime magazine is commemorating …
Tuesday 1 April 2014 by John Holloway.
Thank you to everyone who submitted their guess for this week. As promised, here is the answer: It is a button hook – a popular and necessary item between the 1890s and 1920s, used to pull buttons through buttonholes. They were particularly useful when the garment or footwear was tough and unyielding. This one, remarkably, has been fashioned from pieces of a crashed Zeppelin airship. Items from airships, especially Zeppelins, were …
Monday 24 March 2014 by John Holloway. 7 comments
What is it? This is #7 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it. Examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. We will post the answer and the full story next week! Read on
Friday 21 March 2014 by Kathleen Cusack.
While the Memorial Boxes were initially intended for use in the classroom, more and more aged care facilities are turning to the resource as a therapeutic tool. Earlier this year, Dr Kylie Smith, a lecturer in nursing history at the University of Wollongong, borrowed a specially designed Memorial Box to present seminars on the history of wartime nursing to aged care residents and staff in the Illawarra region. These presentations have …
Thursday 20 March 2014 by John Holloway. 3 comments
The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 August 1914. It took days for confirmation of Britain's entry into the war to reach Australia, even though mobilisation was already underway. How did it come to this? In the midst of an election campaign, and with large parts of Australia suffering record drought, few Australians who read the newspapers on 29 June 1914 would have paid much attention to the assassination of an obscure foreign prince. Yet …
Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.
Day 2 - Departure lounge deja vu We learned last night that the plane which the ADF charters each week to fly to and from Australia to the MEAO has broken down in Brisbane - hopefully it will be fixed to fly 24 hours later.... so I have made it to the GSAO - Greater Sydney Area of Operations. I'm fortunate to be able to stay with family instead of at Richmond barracks. Activities to date: 0900 engage in daily transportation and security …