• The mystery comforter

    Thursday 3 March 2016 by Eleni Holloway. 4 comments

    We need your help! Do you know what a comforter is? We would like to hear from you if you have any information about how to arrange this knitted comforter from the First World War. The Memorial acquired this hand-knitted wool comforter in 1981. It was worn by Sergeant Leslie Wilson Thompson during his service on the Western Front with 22 and 24 Battalion. He enlisted for service on 6 April 1915 and returned to Australia in early April …

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  • Understanding Australian Identity Discs Part 1 : First World War

    Friday 22 May 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. 8 comments

    Pattern 1907 identity disc with August 1914 format details stamped.

    OFFICIAL IDENTITY DISCS During the First World War there were threetypes of identity discs issued to those serving in the Australian Imperial Force [AIF]. Those serving in the Royal Australian Navy were not issued with identity discs (excluding members of the Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, who do appear to have been issued with official identity discs), although somewore private purchase or improvised ones and I have come across …

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  • Reproducing Sister Lummer’s Ward Dress - Part 2

    Tuesday 21 October 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 2 comments

    Australian Army Nurse arrange for display with original cuffs, collar, apron and cape in the new First World War galleries. The only visible parts of the replica ward dress are the sleeves and skirt.

    Australian Army Nurse arrange for display with original cuffs, collar, apron and cape in the new First World War galleries. The only visible parts of the replica ward dress are the sleeves and skirt. In this blog I have briefly documented the steps that curators and conservators took to produce a First World War replica ward dress. This follows on from Part 1 which focused on the history of Sister Lummer’s dress, and the conservation…

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) 1914-1918 working dress

    Wednesday 13 August 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 17 comments

    Matron Margaret Grace Wilson “doing a round” in Lemnos in May 1915.

    This is one in a series of blogs that covers the basic aspects of Australian uniforms during the First World War. There is a great diversity between nursing uniforms of the First World War. This variety is due to the fact that nursing uniforms were not centrally manufactured or issued in this war. Instead, nurses were given a uniform allowance to equip themselves and were allowed to make their own uniforms if they chose. This, and …

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  • The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) badges 1914-1918

    Friday 1 August 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 11 comments

    This isone ofa series of blogs about First World War uniforms and covers the basic aspects of badges seen on Australian Imperial Force uniforms. It does not cover unofficial unit badges, or qualification or proficiency badges. These may be covered at a later date. RC10118 Lance Corporal Albany Varney, 12th Light Horse Regiment, showing location of badges on his uniform RISING SUN BADGE, 'AUSTRALIA' UNIT TITLES Australia, unlike most …

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) 1916 outdoor dress

    Tuesday 29 July 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 2 comments

    Studio portrait of Sister Lalah Mary Burke in the 1916 outdoor dress.

    This is one in a series of blogs that covers the basic aspects of Australian uniforms during the First World War. There is a great diversity between nursing uniforms of the First World War. This variety is due to the fact that nursing uniforms were not centrally manufactured or issued in this war. Instead, nurses were given a uniform allowance to equip themselves and were allowed to make their own uniforms if they chose. This, and …

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  • The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) headwear 1914-1918

    Friday 18 July 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 8 comments

    First World War slouch hat with wool puggaree and rising Sun badge.

    This is thethird in a series of blogs about First World War uniforms and covers the basic aspects of the Australian Imperial Force headwear during the First World War. The most distinctive and recognisable article of clothing worn by the Australian soldier was the khaki felt slouch hat. This item of headwear had been worn in Australia for some years before the turn of the century and was also popular elsewhere in the world. A similar hat…

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  • The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Other ranks uniform 1914-1918

    Friday 23 May 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    Portrait of a soldier wearing a pre-war citizen forces uniform.

    This is thesecond in a series of blogs about First World War uniforms and covers the basic aspects of the Australian Imperial Force other ranksuniform during the First World War. At 11pm, on 4 August 1914, English time, Britain declared war on Germany. Australia immediately pledged her support and offered an initial force of 20,000 men. The offer was quickly accepted. Portrait of a soldier …

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  • Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) 1914 - 15 outdoor dress

    Wednesday 14 May 2014 by Ashleigh Wadman. 9 comments

    Nurses prior to boarding HMAT Orsova. Note the rather useless bonnet of the 1914 outdoor dress and the variations in collars and fabric colour.

    This is the first in a series of blogs that covers the basic aspects of Australian uniforms during the First World War. There is a great diversity between nursing uniforms of the First World War. This variety is due to the fact that nursing uniforms were not centrally manufactured or issued in this war. Instead, nurses were given a uniform allowance to equip themselves and were allowed to make their own uniforms if they chose. This, and …

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