Wednesday 1 April 2015 by Alison Wishart. 2 comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary #anzac100, Easter, good friday

One hundred years ago, in 1915, Good Friday fell on 2 April. While their families were going to church and preparing fish dinners, the Anzacs stationed in training camps near Cairo, Egypt, went on a rampage. The 'Battle of Wazza' took place in Cairo's red light district. Parts of Derb el Wasa and Haret el Wasser (known affectionately as 'The Wozzer', Wassir, Wasser, Wassar etc.) were gutted.

 

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Wednesday 18 March 2015 by David Gist. 11 comments.
Collection, News, Opinion, views and commentary Vietnam War, Photographs

Yesterday afternoon, Peter Ward passed away after a long illness. Peter is best known for his work as an official army photographer, both film and still, in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. The Photographs, Film and Sound Section of the Australian War Memorial offer a small sample of his work from the National Collection.

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Wednesday 18 February 2015 by Lachlan Grant. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary

Public Talk:

2015 Australian Summer Scholars Presentations

Thursday 19 February, 2 pm – 3.30 pm

BAE Systems Theatre

Australian War Memorial

Presentations for the 2015 Australian War Memorial Summer Vacation Scholarship Scheme will take place on Thursday 19 February in the BAE Systems Theatre at the Australian War Memorial, 2 pm – 3.30 pm.

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Wednesday 28 January 2015 by Garth O'Connell. 6 comments.
Collection, Family history, News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories

Yesterday at the Christ Church in Queanbeyan NSW the funeral of a local community stalwart, Bede Tongs OAM MM was conducted.  Amongst the many mourners inside and outside the Church were several current and ex-members of staff and senior management of the Australian War Memorial including yours truly.  It is tremendously hard to put into so few words what a positive impact Bede had not just on me personally and professionally, but on my colleagues, my fellow soldiers and our community.

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Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 5 comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary Memorials

How best to remember someone?

In the past, when someone died, some people created scrap books or dossiers as a way of working through their grief and gathering together all the memorabilia. This is what Maude Edmondson did when her son died at Tobruk in 1941, in an action for which he received a Victoria Cross.

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Friday 7 November 2014 by Edwin Ride. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Family history, Opinion, views and commentary

The Melbourne Cup - the race that stops a nation - has run once more, for the hundred and fifty-fourth time, and most of the punters have probably collected their winnings. In 1915 the Cup was already more than 50 years old: a well-entrenched institution on the Australian social calendar. At Gallipoli that year, the officers of the 1st Light Horse Brigade (no doubt among many others) had organised a sweepstake for the Cup, and naturally enough, wanted the results as soon as possible.

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Wednesday 22 October 2014 by Stuart Baines. 2 comments.
Education at the Memorial, Opinion, views and commentary

Military history plays an important part in defining chapters in the history of individual nations. Its impacts reach into most aspects of life and experience not only during the time of conflict but also before and after the event. Isolating the period of conflict from the social or political history has the potential to become an orchard in which the fruit of myth grows ripe.

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This month’s sound reel depicts Lawrence of Arabia in a light not usually seen.  It contains the sometimes frank opinions of four Australian contemporaries of Lieutenant Colonel T E Lawrence CB DSO.

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Thursday 11 September 2014 by Lachlan Grant. 3 comments.
Opinion, views and commentary Second World War, Rakuyō Maru, Kachidoki Maru, Prisoners of war

Former Australian prisoners of war are rescued by the crew of USN submarine USS Pampanito (SS-383). These men survived the sinking of two Japanese troop transports, the Kachidoki Maru and the Rakuyo Maru by Pampanito and USS Sealion II (SS-315) on 12 September 1944 respectively. Former Australian prisoners of war are rescued by the crew of USN submarine USS Pampanito (SS-383). These men survived the sinking of two Japanese troop transports, the Kachidoki Maru and the Rakuyo Maru by Pampanito and USS Sealion II (SS-315) on 12 September 1944 respectively. P03651.005

Seventy years ago this week, on 12 September 1944, two Japanese ships transporting Australian and British prisoners of war from Singapore to Japan were sunk, resulting in the loss of 1,559 Australian and British lives.

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Wednesday 10 September 2014 by Michael Kelly. 1 comments.
First World War Centenary, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories, Wartime ANMEF

At the battle of Bitapaka, the ANMEF were the first Australians in combat.

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