• Meeting the History Makers.

    Wednesday 27 November 2013 by Daniel McGlinchey.

    “We would have rather served under the Australian flag than a fake Japanese one!” said a sprightly Second World War veteran. He had just asked me if an Australian made replica Japanese flag was still on display. It was going to be used on Motor Launch (ML) 814 during Operation Mosquito in 1943 to confuse the enemy if they were spotted. It was around 2009 and I was honoured to find that I was talking to Marsden Carr Hordern a veteran …

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  • A large monster

    Tuesday 26 November 2013 by Robyn van Dyk. 2 comments

    “Pulled out of bed in the dead of night by a large monster that ultimately turned out to be a man with his gas mask on.” - Captain Robert Grieve of the 37th Battalion. Gas masks saved lives but also caused fatalities. They were extremely uncomfortable and hampered the movement of the men, inducing fatigue, disorientation, and confusion. Corporal Arthur Thomas of 6th Battalion wrote 19 March 1918: “It was terrible there were about …

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  • A short ferry ride to the war

    Friday 20 September 2013 by Craig Blanch.

    Charles Delacy, The storming of the Mole at Zeebrugger, Belgium, 1916,

    Charles Delacy, The storming of the Mole at Zeebrugger, Belgium, 1916, ART19776 The raid on Zeebrugge to cripple the inland port of Bruges in occupied Belgium in April 1918 lasted a little more than an hour. It cost the lives of over 200 British sailors and marines with hundreds more wounded. Artificer Engineer William Henry Vaughan Edgar, late of HMAS Australia, joined …

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  • A Mother and Her Seven Soldier Sons

    Tuesday 13 August 2013 by Tamsin Hong. 16 comments

    REL46813.001 It seemed like an ordinary day where I was busy researching areas of our collection, when two remarkable badges were offered for donation. They were a Female Relative Badge with seven stars and a Mothers and Widows’ Badge with four stars, both from the Second World War. Some of you will immediately recognise the value and rarity of these badges. However, as I learnt about …

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  • Our Film Commission : John Martinkus in Afghanistan

    Monday 12 August 2013 by Stephanie Boyle.

    The 2011 appointment of the Memorial'sOfficial Cinematographer to Afghanistan followed in the Memorial’s tradition of official commissions since WW1. The Memorial commissionedJohn Martinkus, the first bona fidejournalist toact for the Memorial since Charles Bean, the Memorial's instigator. Martinkus' commission took himinto the world of the Australian soldier whose day to day realities include the challenges inherent in training …

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  • Education at the Memorial - Collection Detection No. 1 Answer

    Monday 5 August 2013 by Stuart Baines. 3 comments

    As part of our ongoing blog with which we hope to connect with the needs and interests of teachers and students,last week we introduced the first of our What is it? objects from the Memorial’s collection. /blog/2013/07/30/education-memorial-collection-detection/ Thank you for everyone who liked, and commented on our Facebook post. It was a great response and only makes us more excited for the next Collection Detection. So the …

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  • The Man Behind The Bearskin

    Thursday 27 June 2013 by Eleni Holloway. 1 comments

    Concealed beneath the fine jet black hairs of this bearskin headdress is the gilded flaming grenade badge of the Royal Fusiliers. The bearskin headdress worn with the traditional scarlet full dress uniform during ceremonial and state occasions by British soldiers is an impressive sight, emblematic of the sartorial military splendour of the 18th and 19th century. The British tradition of wearing bearskin headdresses began a century …

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  • A fateful flight : conspicious gallantry off Algeria

    Tuesday 18 June 2013 by Garth O'Connell. 2 comments

    Lockheed Hudson U-boat attack RAAF recruitment poster. Source : Australian War Memorial collection ARTV03905. On the night of 23 April 1943, a lone Royal Air Force (RAF) Lockheed Hudsonmulti-role aircraft was patroling off theAlgerian coast. The crew of six had asingle mission, to seek and destroy any German or Italian submarines that they found to prevent them from attacking Alliedshipping in the western Mediterranean. To combat this …

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  • ‘An upright, sterling character’ Sergeant Douglas Bernard Matthew Adams, 10 Battalion, AIF

    Tuesday 12 March 2013 by Michael Kelly. 2 comments

    c March 1915. Sergeant Douglas Bernard Matthew Adams, D Company, 10 Battalion, AIF. Photograph taken just prior to embarkation for service abroad. H06022

    During my first visit to Gallipoli in May 1996, in Beach Cemetery I chanced upon a grave of a 10th Battalion digger who had been a sergeant when he died of wounds at the age of 18 in early July 1915. The epitaph on the grave, A bright young life sacrificed on the altar of duty. So dearly loved, struck a chord with me, as I was only a few years older than he had been. I promised myself then never to forget him and to visit again when I …

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  • From the Film and Sound Collection - The Great Arrival/My Hero

    Wednesday 13 February 2013 by Daniel Eisenberg. 1 comments

      This footage is an edited down version of a recent donation to the Australian War Memorial - F11790 - entitled 'The Great Arrival.' The footage shows Arthur John Carmody, who served in the RAAF, greeting his English war bride Mary Carmody (nee Oldroyd). According to the story passed down through the family, Mary arrived on Australia Day 1946 at Station pier in Melbourne and was on the first ship of war brides coming from Europe. …

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