• 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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  • One soldier - two identities

    Wednesday 3 October 2012 by Amanda Rebbeck. 10 comments

    My name is Brady Davison and I am a work experience student from St Stanislaus College, Bathurst. As part of my week at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra I researched the Next of Kin plaque commemorating the First World War service of Private John Joseph Edward Darnedt. Here is his story. Jack Darnedt's Next of kin plaque REL45890 John Joseph Edward “Jack” Darnedt was born in Collingwood, Victoria in 1899, one …

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  • 70th Anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra

    Thursday 9 August 2012 by Marie Kesina. 8 comments

    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra. On 9th August 1942, the cruiser came to a catastrophic end in the Pacific during the Battle of Savo Island. Captain Frank Edmund Getting was in command at the time. He had a long association with the Navy. His story, and that of HMAS Canberra, was uncovered whilst scanning the Reports of Proceedings for HMAS Canberra.   Portrait of Captain Frank Edmund …

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  • By force of Will : A Broodseinde Ridge DCM

    Wednesday 8 August 2012 by Craig Blanch. 4 comments

    My name is Sam Warner and I am a work experience student from St Joseph’s College Echuca. As part of my week at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra I researched the story behind the Distinguished Conduct Medal of Sergeant William Dobson Scorer in the First World War. Here is his story. Sergeant William Dobson Scorer died from wounds he received at Broodseinde Ridge. P08891.001 William Dobson Scorer was born in …

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  • Echoes of Voices from Overseas

    Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Jennifer Selby. 4 comments

    “Hello, Western Australia, here we are on the deck of a cruiser somewhere in the Middle East, I may not tell you exactly where …” In 1941 an ABC Field Recording Unit went aboard the cruiser HMAS Perth to record messages to be broadcast on the Voices from Overseas program, and this is how the broadcast began. Official Photographer George Silk captured many images of Perth's crew over several months in 1941, and photographed …

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  • A lucky pair of glasses

    Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Chris Goddard. 2 comments

      Pair of spectacles which deflected shrapnel : Sergeant W R Fisher, 1 Battalion AIF REL Survival in war is more often a matter of luck than skill, and luck is fickle. These spectacles were being worn by Sergeant William Fisher as he and three others played cards in a dug-out in France in August 1918. His mate, Lance Corporal John Drum, was last to join the game, and moved a dud shell out of the way to sit down. It …

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  • A Gallipoli Camera

    Friday 29 June 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments

    REL/21582 the camera used by Wilfred Kent-Hughes My name is Isobel White and I am a work experience student from Alfred Deakin High. As part of my week at the War Memorial I have been asked to research an item, an old Kodak camera used in World War 1 by Wilfrid Selwyn Kent Hughes. Wilfred Kent-Hughes B01041 The camera is a Kodak Vest Pocket.  It was originally made around 1912 and it was used by the …

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