• Filming the bombing of Darwin

    Friday 17 February 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 3 comments

    On the 19th of February seventy years ago, the city of Darwin was bombed. Sustaining heavy damage and civilian casualties in air raids by Japanese forces, this attack was the first of over sixty air raids conducted up until November 1943. For footage of the actual bombing, we today rely on the films of amateur filmmakers who were living or stationed in Darwin at the time. They also took in scenes of destruction, filmed once the danger …

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  • Stinking Farm Trench Sign

    Tuesday 6 December 2011 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    My name is Romy Turner. I am a work experience student from Canberra Girls Grammar School at the Memorial for this week. As part of my work experience I had to research an item, a trench sign, from the Memorial's collection. RELAWM06263 Trench sign to Stinking Farm The trench sign ‘To Stinking Farm Currie Ave’ was collected during the First World War by Lieutenant Colonel John Basil St. Vincent Welch, whilst he was…

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  • Tobruk Diaries: The Easter Battle

    Monday 11 April 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s Diary:  Tuesday 11th March 1941 We spent all day erecting an anti-aircraft gun pit and it wasn’t too soon.  Late this afternoon two German bombers dropped their eggs [bombs] on the hill feature behind us.  You could see them go into a dive and then would follow the roar of the exploding bomb and the subsequent column of smoke.  The Bophas opened up and both planes hedge-hopped right over our position.  One plane …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: The Siege begins

    Monday 4 April 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant's Diary: Friday 4th April 1941 About 8 o’clock this morning orders came through to retire immediately.  We packed up and carried our gear to the top of the hill to wait for the truck.  Nobody seemed to know what was up.  We went back and were carried by truck to a place some miles away.  We took up a position and waited for trucks of the RASC to take us away.  Before we left, any gear behind was destroyed.  The trucks …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Evacuating Benghazi

    Monday 28 March 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s Diary: Friday 28th March 1941 We took up our position and we caught a couple of donkeys to carry most of our heavy gear up.  It is definitely impossible to dig in so we just cut out the middle of bushes to sleep in.  We do our own cooking and there are plenty of rations.  Away to the left are Bengasi and Benina and can only just be seen.  Our only problem is the carriage of water.  The Senoussi here seems friendly and …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Just ‘ordinary’ days

    Monday 21 March 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant’s Diary: Friday 21st March 1941 Today was one of the lousiest days I’ve put in anywhere.  The weather was terrible.  The old Sahara Desert can be very nasty when it likes.  Sand is everywhere.  A warning order has arrived ready to move by night.  It might be tomorrow night.  Information has been received that some Wogs* are signalling to aircraft by placing their camels near objectives.  We’ll have to watch them. …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Sand Storms and Air Raids

    Monday 14 March 2011 by Carlie Walker. 3 comments

    Bryant’s Diary:  Friday 14th March 1941 I had a cow of a night last night.  The wind became very strong and my eyes, ears, mouth and nose became choked with sand.  I spent all day making a dug out for myself.  It can do anything now.  As a matter of fact we had a shower of rain today, but it was only slight.  Still no more air raids. Bryant’s Diary:  Saturday 15th March 1941 Another dive-bomber came over this morning.  I let …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Planes, ships and automobiles

    Monday 7 March 2011 by Carlie Walker. 1 comments

    Bryant’s Diary: Friday 7th March 1941 The convoy spread out more today and there were only six trucks to the mile.  As a result our truck didn’t leave until about 1 o’clock.  We had a bit of a shock when a large plane flew towards the convoy.  The truck pulled up and we dived out and took cover.  The plane turned out to be British and I bet the pilot laughed.  We passed through Barce, the ex-Italian aerodome and finally camped…

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  • Tobruk Diaries: They're off: Moving on

    Monday 21 February 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Bryant's Diary: Friday 21st February 1941 Retired back to Wadi Chariar and took up positions in old Turkish trenches.   Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 21st February 1941 Pino Defunctis [For the Dead].  Slept in to 7:15.  Used private fruit knife at breakfast.  Found Byrne Nolee a Catholic.  Photos turned out...O.K.  Sent parcel to Elsa.  Letters to her and Jas Carragher.  Tom Steele back from Nile Boat.  John and Len on getting …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Preparing to move - Reprimands, Promotions and Confessions

    Monday 14 February 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 14th February 1941 Pro pace [For peace].  Only Horan and Carroll at Mass.  Lecture on Arabic – too hard for me.  Tim and Owen here for lunch.  Visited McCormack and Ronald.  Hours too long at evening meets.  Arthur Amies the only one working.  Horan filling his torch.   Bryant's Diary: Saturday 15th February 1941 Finished the instruction at the 2/15th Bn.   Cosgriff's Diary: Saturday 15th February 1941…

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