• Opinions of Lawrence

    Wednesday 24 September 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. 1 comments

    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. Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, was a British Army advisor to the Hejaz Army in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In this sound reel is a significant recording from the Memorial’s collection, that of a speech by …

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  • The Mystery Sweater Girl: Miss Lois Anne Martin

    Thursday 18 September 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 3 comments

    Miss Lois Martin was captured celebrating the end of the war on a Melbourne street by a roving photographer. She stood out among the crowd with her handmade vest and painted face.

    Miss Lois Martin was captured celebrating the end of the war on a Melbourne street by a roving photographer. She stood out among the crowd with her handmade vest and painted face. P02018.226 In August 1995 Melbourne’s Herald Sun printed this photo to accompany an article which asked its readers, ‘Were you the VP Day girl, or one of the girls flanking her as she …

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  • Anzac Connections: 50 000 pages and counting!

    Monday 15 September 2014 by Theresa Cronk. 6 comments

    Scanning the first page of Anzac Connections: Batch 6

    Today marks an important event in the annals of the Australian War Memorial’s centenary digitisation project, Anzac Connections. 50 000 pages have now been scanned for online access by all Australians and international researchers. This milestone comes as we celebrate the release of another thirty-eight personal collections to supplement the 153 collections already available online. Each of these collections provides a fascinating …

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  • First to fight

    Wednesday 10 September 2014 by Michael Kelly. 1 comments

    The Bitapaka road. The first objective of the New Guinea expedition was the German wireless station at Bitapaka, a few miles inland from Blanche Bay, which at the outbreak of war was still in the course of construction, but was hurriedly finished and ready for use.

    At the battle of Bitapaka, the ANMEF were the first Australians in combat. The Bitapaka road. The first objective of the New Guinea expedition was the German wireless station at Bitapaka, a few miles inland from Blanche Bay, which at the outbreak of war was still in the course of construction, but was hurriedly finished and ready for use. A03146 The two scouts pushed into …

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  • A hundred years on: the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF)

    Wednesday 10 September 2014 by David Heness.

    On 6 August 1914, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, Australia agreed to a request by the British government to seize German wireless stations in the south-west Pacific, namely German New Guinea. Australia was also required to occupy the territory under the British flag and establish a military administration. For the first time, Britain called upon Australia to train, supply and command her own forces in defence of the …

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  • The war that shaped Australia

    Tuesday 9 September 2014 by Karl James.

    Brothers and members of 453 Squadron RAAF, 402823 Flight Lieutenant John William (Jack)

    The war that shaped Australia “My Dear Mother … I entered this war with the knowledge that I had a rather small chance of coming out of it alive. I was under no false impression – I knew I had to kill – and perhaps be killed. Since I commenced flying I have spent probably the happiest time of my life … Above all, Mother dear, I have proved to my satisfaction that I was, at least, a man.”…

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  • ANZAC Connections: Centenary digitisation project

    Monday 18 August 2014 by Daniel McGlinchey. 14 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s …

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  • SS Warilda: troopship, hospital ship, ambulance transport, wreck

    Friday 1 August 2014 by Jennifer Milward. 8 comments

    Warilda in camouflage paint added in 1917 after Germany stated all vessels operating in the English Channel would be attacked.

    In August 1915, the SS Warilda was requisitioned by the Commonwealth and fitted out as a transport ship. HMAT Warilda made two trips to Egypt and one to England, carrying more than 7,000 troops. Following the Warilda’s conversion to a hospital ship in July 1916, she spent a few months stationed in the Mediterranean, before being put to work transporting patients across the English Channel. Between late 1916 and August 1918 she made …

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  • The Imperial Camel Corps

    Thursday 31 July 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. 3 comments

    In this WW1 themed sound reel four Australian men voice their experiences of the Imperial Camel Corps. After Australian troops withdrew from Gallipoli in December 1915, the Ottoman Empire persuaded the pro-Turkish Senussi tribesmen to attack British-occupied Egypt. In January 1916, a Desert Mounted Corps was formed to deal with the revolt. The Imperial Camel Corps formed four battalions: the 1st Battalion was entirely Australian, the …

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  • Captured in paint - a 69 year old mystery solved.

    Monday 7 July 2014 by Garth O'Connell. 22 comments

    Reception desk at Gowrie House, Eastbourne by Australian Official War Artist Stella Bowen.

    The end of armed conflictin the European theatre of the Second World War in May 1945 sawtens of thousands of western Allied Prisoners of War from all over the worldbe repatriated to the United Kingdom for their first steps in their eventualreturn to their families and friends. Among them were several thousand Australians, who in the course of the war in North Africa and Europe,found themselvesin German or Italian run prisoner of war …

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