This ANZAC Day marks the 95th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign, when tens of thousands of British, French and Dominion troops landed on the Turkish coast.

To acknowledge this anniversary, the Australian War Memorial’s Research Centre is displaying previously unseen original letters and diaries relating to the campaign. The Research Centre’s collection is a rich source of records that tells the story of Gallipoli in the words of those who experience it.

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Monday 19 April 2010 by Robyn Van Dyk. 7 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Family history

In the lead up to Anzac Day on 25 April, the thoughts of many Australians  often turn to members of their own family who served during the First World War. The Australian War Memorial's databases hold a rich source of detail for  families who may want to learn more about the service of their relative.

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Friday 5 March 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments.
Personal Stories, Collection Heraldry, Technology, Second World War, Hospital Ship Centaur

Model of the Hospital Ship Centaur, currently on display in the Second World War gallery.

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Saturday 13 February 2010 by Nicholas Schmidt. 6 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Collection, Of love and war Private Records, Exhibition, People, Of Love and War

It has been a year since the first blog entry went up about Marthe Gylbert and her letter. In this time, with the help of some very generous people, I have been able to discover much about Marthe and her wonderful love letter. If you have not seen the previous blog entries, they can be found here and here.

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Wednesday 9 December 2009 by Kerrie Leech. No comments.
Personal Stories, Collection

Friday 13 November 2009 by Rebecca Britt. 2 comments.
Personal Stories, Of love and war Exhibition, Love and war

Preparations for the Memorial’s new travelling exhibition Of love and war are nearly complete. The showcases are being built, all the labels and captions are being printed and we’ve been in the recording studio as well.

A large part of the Memorial’s collection relating to love during wartime comes from private records, particularly the letters that were exchanged between lovers separated by conflict.

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The Western Front was epitomised by the brute force of men against machine and each other. Tens of thousands were lost in the maelstrom of war. In the horror, friendships were forged that endured even through death. This is the story of one such friendship...

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On the 19th November 1941, Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney II was lost, with all hands, off the coast of Western Australia after engaging with the German raider HSK Kormoran. The discovery in March 2008 of the final resting place of the Sydney and the Kormoran attracted much attention. Understandably, there has been much discussion over the circumstances surrounding the loss of the Sydney; however the story of the Kormoran’s Commander, Theodor Anton Detmers, and that of his crew, continued long after the battle.

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Friday 17 July 2009 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments.
Personal Stories, Collection Prisoner of War

Shrapnel from an American ranging shell, Colditz Castle 1945.Shrapnel from an American ranging shell, Colditz Castle 1945. REL38251

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