• 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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  • 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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