Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories IEDs, Paul Kelly, Weapons of the Weak, landmines

Day 6 - 'From little things, big things grow'

An IED can be a very little thing. It sits just under the sand, waiting for a person or vehicle to step on it/drive over it, and boom!

Improvised Explosive Devices are like home made bombs or landmines. Terrorists will make them from anything they can get their hands on: plastic drink bottles, fertiliser, old batteries, alfoil, clothes pegs, and bits of old ordnance left behind by the Russians.

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Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Aussie hero quilters, windmills, giraffes, HMAS Toowoomba

Day 7 - Patrol Boat

Today we spent the afternoon and evening in the Port of Rashid, Dubai, visiting HMAS Toowoomba. This large warship will spend nearly six months at sea. On board were one captain, 190 crew, a giraffe and a special quilt.

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Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories environment, Al Minhad, UAE

Day 4 - Moonscape

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Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Sydney, Kandahar, Ben Quilty

Day 2 - Departure lounge deja vu

We learned last night that the plane which the ADF charters each week to fly to and from Australia to the MEAO has broken down in Brisbane - hopefully it will be fixed to fly 24 hours later.... so I have made it to the GSAO - Greater Sydney Area of Operations. I'm fortunate to be able to stay with family instead of at Richmond barracks.

Activities to date:

0900 engage in daily transportation and security operation of escorting Marcus to primary school

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Wednesday 12 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories family, liminal, The Monthly, ADF

Day 3 - in the liminal zone

One of the few bits of content I recall from my undergrad degree is the concept of liminality. This refers to being 'betwixt and between' two places, or in transition. I am neither on deployment, nor in the office. I am technically in transit, with a forced stopover in Sydney.

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Tuesday 11 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
News, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Sydney, Afghanistan, MEAO, ADF

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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Tuesday 4 February 2014 by Craig Tibbitts. 7 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights, Anzac Voices, Personal Stories

This article was originally published in Inside History Magazine, Issue 20, Jan - Feb 2014. Find out more and subscribe to Inside History here.

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Friday 20 December 2013 by Theresa Cronk. 2 comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, News, Personal Stories

On 20 December 1915, Private John Kingsley Gammage of the 1st Infantry Battalion wrote in his diary, This concludes a real experience that money could not buy with an enemy that fought fairly and clean. Gammage was one of the last 10 000 Australian troops remaining at Anzac Cove. These men departed Anzac Cove during the night of Sunday 19 December through into the early hours of Monday 20 December 1915. The preparations for their departure had been carefully planned down to the finest details.

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