• Collection Detection answer #5

    Tuesday 11 February 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments

    Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection, and congratulations to those who guessed (or searched!) correctly: Answer: It is a ‘Garland’ improvised trench mortar, found in the Australian trenches at Lone Pine, Gallipoli. A trench mortar in action at Gallipoli. Most mortars, like this 'Garland' type, were essentially hollow tubes that fired a small bomb in a high arc over the trenches. Such simple weapons …

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  • Memorial Box Banter - Part III

    Friday 7 February 2014 by Kathleen Cusack. 2 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is fortunate to have nearly eighty Memorial Boxes situated across Australia. Twenty are stored on-site here in Canberra whilst the remainder are administered by the State Library of Queensland, Social Education Victoria, City of Fremantle, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Darwin Military Museum, State Library of South Australia, Albury City Library Museum, Western-Australian Museum and Museum of Tropical …

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  • Schools, show us your work!

    Thursday 6 February 2014 by John Holloway. 1 comments

    Here in the Education section we love to know what you're working on in the classroom, or how you might have used some of our resources. Send in your pictures, poems, photos, or anything else you'd like to share to education@awm.gov.au. We'll feature a selection on our website every month. Look forward to hearing from you! Read on

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  • 50th anniversary of sinking of HMAS Voyager II

    Thursday 6 February 2014 by Lenore Heath. 9 comments

    NAVY15894 Monday 10 February 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of a momentous event in Royal Australian Navy (RAN) history, the loss of the destroyer HMAS Voyager II following a collision with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne II. With many new crew members aboard, HMAS Voyager sailed from Sydney to Jervis Bay on 6 February 1964 for a series of post re-fit trials and exercises with HMAS …

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  • Collection Detection #5

    Tuesday 4 February 2014 by John Holloway. 11 comments

    "What is it?" Calling all teachers, students, and history buffs:test your observation and deduction with number five in our Collection Detection series. Tell us what you think this object is in the comments section below, and next week we will post the answer along with some questions for classroom research and discussion. Hint: This object was found at Lone Pine in January 1919 by Lieutenant William Hopkins James. Read on

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  • Collection Detection answer #4

    Tuesday 28 January 2014 by John Holloway.

    Thanks to everyone who submitted answers to last week's Collection Detection challenge either here on the blog or on our Facebook page. Well done to those who knew the answer! The answer It is a bullet pencil. Consisting of two parts, a .303 cartridge case and a ‘bullet’ which holds a pencil, this souvenir pencil holder was given as a gift, as part of Princess Mary’s 1914 Christmas gift tin. The gift tin was the initiative of the …

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  • Collection Detection No. 4

    Monday 20 January 2014 by John Holloway. 4 comments

    What is it? Think you know? Tell us in the comments below. You'll find the answer posted next week! This small object, made in New Zealand from brass and sterling silver, was used during and after the First World War by servicemen and women serving for the British Empire. An ‘M’ and a crown are engraved on the side of the object and the letters CAC (standing for ‘Colonial Ammunition Company’) are engraved on the bottom.…

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  • On this day...20 December 1915

    Friday 20 December 2013 by Theresa Cronk. 2 comments

    On 20 December 1915, Private John Kingsley Gammage of the 1st Infantry Battalion wrote in his diary, This concludes a real experience that money could not buy with an enemy that fought fairly and clean. Gammagewas one of the last 10 000 Australian troops remaining at Anzac Cove. These men departed Anzac Cove during the night of Sunday 19 December through into the early hours of Monday 20 December 1915. The preparations for their …

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  • Remembered. The Dernancourt Cross

    Tuesday 17 December 2013 by Paul Taylor. 3 comments

    It isthe spring of 1918 andthe greatGerman offensive, Operation Michael, is driving westward. The morning of 5 April is misty with poor visibilty. At 6:55am, the men of the 12th and 13th Brigades of the 4th Division are in their forward positions along the railwayembankment as the German artillery barrage starts to fall. Behind the Australians is a long rising bare slope at the top of which is the Amiens – Albert road. In front of …

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  • A large monster

    Tuesday 26 November 2013 by Robyn van Dyk. 2 comments

    “Pulled out of bed in the dead of night by a large monster that ultimately turned out to be a man with his gas mask on.” - Captain Robert Grieve of the 37th Battalion. Gas masks saved lives but also caused fatalities. They were extremely uncomfortable and hampered the movement of the men, inducing fatigue, disorientation, and confusion. Corporal Arthur Thomas of 6th Battalion wrote 19 March 1918: “It was terrible there were about …

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