Twelve months ago I went to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the Australian War Memorial. I was working on 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 in an exhibition which will travel around Australia.
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Recently the Memorial was asked whether it was planning to tell the story of the conflicts between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia during the nineteenth century.
Friday 25 October 2013 by Daniel McGlinchey. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary
The faint noise of Helibourne assault sound and light show subsided and lower stairs returned to a more peaceful state, when the silence was shattered! “How do I get out!!? How do I get out!!?” I turned around to see an older gentleman, possible a Vietnam veteran, looking panicked. His breathing was shallow and quick, eyes full of terror. It looked like he was having a panic attack so I got him outside as quickly as I could. When we arrived outside he disappeared not wanting to talk to anyone. A few hours later a colleague told me the man had spoken to her soon after.
Seventy years ago, in September 1943, Australian and American forces launched a major offensive against the Japanese occupying New Guinea. Tens of thousands of Allied troops participated in a series of operations that recovered great areas of occupied New Guinea and provided the springboard for General Douglas MacArthur’s successful later advance into the Netherlands East Indies and the Philippines.
We all know what ANZAC biscuits are – delicious treats chock full of rolled oats and golden syrup. However, I recently found that the name “ANZAC Biscuit” was used for (at least) two other published biscuit recipes during the First World War. These biscuits do not resemble the ANZAC biscuit we know and love today. To see what these biscuits were like I did some home baking and held a taste test with some of my colleagues.
The earliest recipe I found was in a digitised newspaper from 1916 on Trove. It was called “ANZAC GINGER BISCUIT”, published on 4 June 1916. Mrs Sutherland of Grosvenor, Mt Kokeby had submitted the recipe to the Ladies’ Section of the Sunday Times in Perth, WA. She received fourth prize, consisting of an electroplated butter knife with an engraved handle for her recipe.
Armistice in Korea
27 July 1953
This date marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice at Panmunjom, Korea, that brought an end to the Korean War.
The Battle of the Samichon River - the Hook
24–26 July 1953
60th Anniversary of the last battle of the Korean War
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War. In the three days leading up to the cease-fire, a savage battle was fought in the hills of the Jamestown Line at a position known as the Hook.
With the approach of the centenary of the First World War, the increased focus on the place of the ANZAC story and its continued relevance will be the subject of much public and private debate. Those of us who study and teach history will claim all history is important and certainly there can be little doubt that the period of the First World War forms a fascinating and tragic part of the Australian story. It certainly has left a significant impact.