• "He taught us all how to die..."

    Monday 3 November 2014 by David Heness. 1 comments

    Douglas Barrett-Lennard and the Western Australians of the 8th Australian Field Artillery Battery Of such mettle were the men who, under the most insuperable difficulties of Anzac, fought their guns throughout the campaign. C. E. W. Bean in The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918: Volume II, The Story of Anzac: from 4 May, 1915 to the Evacuation When Charles Bean, Australia’s official First World War historian, …

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  • A different kind of heroism

    Friday 17 October 2014 by Theresa Cronk.

    This blog post was written by Anne Landais, a French student from the Ecole Nationale des Chartes (National School of Palaeography and Archival Studies), which isa university level institution that prepares students in the human and social sciences for careers in history related domains. The current priorities of the Ecole Nationale des Chartes include the development of digital technologies applied to historical research and heritage …

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  • Fourteen.

    Friday 10 October 2014 by David Heness. 18 comments

    Studio portrait of 1553 Private (Pte) James (Jim) Martin, 1st Reinforcements, 21st Battalion, of Hawthorn, Vic.

    Private James Charles Martin was in a bad state. Exhausted and suffering from a high fever, he lay aboard the hospital ship Glenart Castle under the watchful eye of Matron Frances Hope Logie Reddoch. Jim was nearly fifteen thousand kilometres from his family in Hawthorn, Victoria. He had lost over half his weight serving in the squalor of the trenches at Gallipoli and had contracted typhoid fever. Soldiers often contracted the disease in…

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  • Below the surface of Naval Reports of Proceedings

    Wednesday 8 October 2014 by Meagan Nihill. 2 comments

    “On Saturday, 1 September, I was accorded the privilege of giving away the Bride at the marriage between Miss Caroline Elizabeth Edwards and ABUC Gordon Stephen Dempsey…A small wedding reception was held, after the ceremony, in my cabin.” This anecdote appears as Paragraph 10 of the Report of Proceedings for HMAS Stuart in August 1968. Surrounded by perfunctory remarks on the ship’s movements, training regimes, and the health …

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  • 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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