• Nolan Donation Reveals a Deeper Connection to Gallipoli

    Thursday 20 April 2017 by .

    Simpson and His Donkey, Sidney Nolan

    Nolan donation reveals a deeper connection to GallipoliBy Chris WagnerQuite literally, the story behind the recent donation of a Sidney Nolan painting, depicting Simpson and his donkey, has revealed deep and unexpected connections to the Gallipoli campaign.Nolan completed the work as part of a large series of paintings and drawings on the subject of Gallipoli, most of which depicted soldiers and landscapes. Nolan spent 20 years creating …

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  • The story of William Charles Westbury Aboriginal Soldier, The Boer War and First World War

    Thursday 30 March 2017 by . 4 comments

    William Charles Westbury. Photo Max Wurfell, Pinaroo Museum

    William Charles Westbury. Photo Max Wurfell, Pinaroo Museum William was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia, in 1878. He was one of three children with his siblings John James A.I.F. 2206 and Sarah also in the family of James Westbury and Ellen Baker, with Ellen being of the local Boandik people. Ellen was the cook and lived at Benara Creek part of Schanck outstation, near Lake Bonney West of Kongorong SA. The family moved often …

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  • Hero of Ambon

    Friday 27 January 2017 by Kerrie Leech.

    VX35406 Driver William Thomas Doolan, 2/21st Australian Infantry Battalion.

    This week marks the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Ambon. The Japanese landed on the island of Ambon on 30 January 1942. Within a few days the small Australian garrison, overcome by the size of the invading force, had surrendered. The fate of these Australian soldiers was varied, but history records that over three-quarters of them would not survive the war. Some of these men’s stories can be told through the collections of the …

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  • Mephisto

    Wednesday 30 November 2016 by Andrew Currey.

    On the morning of 24 April 1918, 13 German A7V tanks in three groups left the town of Marcelcave to attack the British lines in and between the towns of Villers-Bretonneux and Cachy. This was the largest number of A7Vs ever deployed in the one operation in the First World War. Supporting regiments of two German divisions, the attack was mostly successful, though by the following dawn Villers-Bretonneux was in Australian hands. On a day …

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  • Terry's biscuits

    Wednesday 30 November 2016 by Dianne Rutherford. 12 comments

    Terry 'Snow' Hendle (image courtesy of the Hendle family)On 29 November 1966 Lance Corporal Terry Hendle received a tin of homemade Anzac biscuits from his Mum, Adelaide. Terry had been with the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) in Vietnam for six months, beginning his tour of duty on 31 May. He was serving near Nui Dat as part of Operation Ingham, a Search and Destroy mission that took place between 18 November and 3 …

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  • A "Glen Innes family record"

    Monday 19 September 2016 by Jennifer Milward.

    Glen Innes, September 1917 Mrs Sarah Heydon was no doubt a very proud woman. One of her sonsand fifteen grandsons (five sets of brothers) were serving with the Australian Imperial Force. Her photograph, along with one of each of her fifteen grandsons, was published in the Sydney Mail in September 1917(see National Library of Australia Trove database, "Glen Innes family record"). ARTV06715…

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  • The Pozieres Victoria Crosses

    Wednesday 10 August 2016 by Craig Blanch. 8 comments

    Twenty three thousand Australian casualties, over six and a half thousand dead. That was the cost to capture Pozieres and nearby Mouquet Farm over 7 bloody weeks in 1916. Now, one hundred years on, we can still wonder at the courage of people like British born John Leak, South Australian Arthur Blackburn, New Zealander Tom Cooke, Englishman Claud Castleton and Ireland’s Martin O’Meara. From across the British Empire they called …

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  • Wounded and missing : Private William Benton

    Friday 5 August 2016 by Eleni Holloway. 6 comments

    Studio portrait of 3775 Private (Pte) William Benton, 9th Reinforcements, 24th Battalion, of South Richmond, Vic.

    Studio portrait of 3775 Private (Pte) William Benton, 9th Reinforcements, 24th Battalion, of South Richmond, Vic. DA13672 “I saw a man called Benton wounded on August 5th at Pozieres Ridge. A piece of shell cracked his helmet and wounded him in the head… He walked out with other wounded men. They would have about two miles to go to the Dressing Station. There was …

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  • Dr Stening's dental instruments

    Sunday 17 July 2016 by Amanda Rebbeck. 3 comments

    Three improvised dental instruments used during the Second World War in Taisho Prisoner of War Camp.

    On display in the Australian War Memorial’s Second World War Gallery are three objects that at first glance seem quite small and unassuming. After just a little digging however, you find that they help to illustrate the extremely harrowing conditions experienced by Second World War prisoners of the Japanese and one man’s near impossible task of trying to provide hismen with basic medical and dental care.…

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  • Rothberg the Spy: Rumours in the 24th Battalion, 1916

    Thursday 30 June 2016 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Cloth patch for the 24th Battalion - all participants in the raid removed their cloth patches, identity discs and any other identification before taking part.

    On the night of 29/30 June 1916, 2456 Private Albert Roth, 24th Battalion AIF went missing while taking part in a trench raid near Armentieres. This was one of a series of raids Australians undertook in late June /early July 1916, before the AIF fought at Fromelles and Pozieres. His mysterious disappearance led to a rumour spreading through the battalion - that he was a German spy! Cloth …

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