• Capturing Ephemera for the First World War Centenary

    Thursday 16 April 2015 by Alexandra Orr.

    With the Centenary of the First World War being so widely commemorated around Australia, the Australian War Memorial is eager to capture the ways in which the nation is doing this. Front page of leaflet for 'The Dirty Red Digger', Anzac Centenary Concert, performed by The Griffin Ensemble. Reverse of leaflet for 'The Dirty Red Digger', Anzac Centenary Concert, performed by The Griffin Ensemble. Many local libraries, …

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  • The Siege of Elands River

    Friday 27 June 2014 by Cameron Ross. 5 comments

    One battle of the South African War 1899-1902 typifies all the qualities that Australia has come to interpret as synonymous with the Anzac legend, but it occurred almost fifteen years before Australian soldiers ever landed at Gallipoli. This was the Siege of Elands River, a twelve day siege of a supply depot defended by soldiers from five of the six Australian colonies. One item in the Australian War Memorial’s collection relating to …

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  • A Mother's Love

    Friday 9 May 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 10 comments

    Memorial gold brooch presented to John Freeth’s mother, Ethel. The portrait photograph in the pendant was a hand coloured copy of one taken in Piccadilly, London in 1943. Finely engraved on the reverse side of this gold and glass brooch are the words "To dear John Freeth’s Mother, With regard from his friends at Angus Coote. 1944."At the centre of the brooch a hand-painted portrait of the youthful Flight Sergeant John Samuel Freeth …

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  • Tobruk Diaries: Masses, Miracles and a Godsend

    Monday 9 May 2011 by Carlie Walker.

    Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 9th May 1941 Mass of BVM [Blessed Virgin Mary].  Evacuation flopped...ship failed to turn up – tonight?  Gave McIven Dr. Regiss card to give to Eyetie chaplain.  Two bombs very close to wards 2 and 7 – if the first had hit so would the second.  The new shelter in 7 stood it with full marks – second miracle this week.  Two very sick patients Lemon and Kennedy holding their own.  Quiet at front and …

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  • WWI letters & diaries at the Memorial.

    Monday 18 April 2011 by Sue Jamesion. 4 comments

    As the Memorial gears up for WWI Centenary commemorations, AWM cataloguer indexer, Sue Jamesion, begins work on a diary from 1914, With the Centenary of the Great War of 1914-1918 only a few years away, staff in the Research Centre at the Australian War Memorial are busily working on a variety of special projects aimed at supporting the Australian community's commemoration of this momentous occasion.  One such project …

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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: 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: 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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  • The Gallipoli Landing and the first Anzac Day

    Thursday 23 April 2009 by Annette Gaykema. 5 comments

    As we ready ourselves to commemorate Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial, we can gain a small insight what it was like at the Gallipoli landing. Personal diaries held by the Memorial describe what it was like landing at Gallipoli on Sunday, 25 April 1915 under the heavy fire of Turkish machine guns. Although the photos accompanying this blog post do not relate directly to the diary entries, they are able to illustrate the stories in…

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