• Collection Detection answer #7

    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 …

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  • Collection Detection #7

    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

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  • Memorial Box Banter - Part IV

    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 …

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  • Dig Deeper - The prelude to catastrophe

    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 …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 2

    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 …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 3

    Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Day 3 - in the liminal zone One of the few bits of content I recall from my undergrad degree is the concept of liminality. This refers to being 'betwixt and between' two places, or in transition. I am neither on deployment, nor in the office. I am technically in transit, with a forced stopover in Sydney. I feel very, very lucky to have been able to spend this liminal period with my brother and his family. I have enjoyed holding the …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 1

    Tuesday 11 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    my packing jumble

    Twelve months ago I went to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the Australian War Memorial. I was workingon an oral history-photographic project. The core part of the project was interviewing and photographing 19 currently serving members of the ADF - from the army, navy and airforce - before, during and after their deployment in 2013 to the MEAO. In another 12 months time, you should be able to see the results of this work …

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  • Collection Detection answer #6

    Tuesday 4 March 2014 by John Holloway.

    Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer: It is a German side drum, which was souvenired from Rabaul by Private Valentine Flemming of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF). Being a military drum, it most likely belonged to a soldier of the German garrison at Rabaul, which was overcome when the Australians attacked at nightfall on the 12 September …

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  • Collection Detection #6

    Tuesday 25 February 2014 by John Holloway. 4 comments

    What is it? This is #6 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we aim to make collection items accessible for classroom use by looking closely at an object and the story behind it. So examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. (For those in the know, maybe you can guess how it was used!) As usual we will post the answer and the full story next week. Read on

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  • Dig Deeper - The tragic mystery of AE1

    Thursday 20 February 2014 by John Holloway. 12 comments

    The AE1 at Devonshire Dock, Barrow UK, 1913. Australia’s first submarines, the HMAS AE1 and her sister-ship AE2 (‘A’ for Australian, ‘E’ for E class submarine) first entered Sydney Harbour at 6am on 24 May 1914, as the country celebrated Empire Day. The two vessels had just completed the longest-ever voyage for a submarine: 24,000 kilometres and 60 days at sea from the shipyards of Vickers Armstrong in England, to Sydney. With …

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