• Sound Collection Online: First World War Experiences

    Monday 11 November 2013 by Jeffrey Wray.

    The Sound Collection at the Australian War Memorial consists of over 9,000 oral history interviews with individuals who served during war and peacekeeping efforts. To showcase highlights from this collection the Australian War Memorial will create Sound show reels. This debut Sound show reel gives us insight into the lives and experiences of three men who served during the First World War. Recorded in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, these men …

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  • ANZAC Biscuits but not as you know them…

    Friday 9 August 2013 by Dianne Rutherford.

    We all know what ANZAC biscuits are – delicious treats chock full of rolled oats and golden syrup. However, I recently found that the name“ANZAC Biscuit” was used for (at least) two other published biscuit recipes during the First World War. These biscuits do not resemble the ANZAC biscuit we know and love today. To see what these biscuits were like I did some home bakingand held a taste test with some of my colleagues. …

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  • A not so ancient 'antiquity'

    Wednesday 31 July 2013 by Dianne Rutherford.

    A little while back I blogged about an ancientcuneiform tabletcollected by a member of the AIF in Mesopotamia and whether it was genuine or not. Recently, while looking atsouvenirs collected by soldiers training in Egypt I came across a wonderfulEgyptian scarab. This scarab has the head of sphinx and heiroglyphs on its base. While it initially appeared to be stone from parts that had chipped awayit turned out it is made from clay with…

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  • The 'Souvenir of Egypt' and the 'Souvenir of Palestine'

    Monday 15 April 2013 by Dianne Rutherford.

    REL37729 One type of souvenir we often get asked about at the Memorial is an embroidereditem known as a 'Souvenir of Egypt". These were very popular during the First World War due to their colourful nature and the fact they were easy to fold and post home.Soldiers bought them while travelling to or from the Western Front (via Egypt) or while they were serving or training in Egypt. Very …

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  • Saying it with Flowers

    Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    “Say it with flowers” is a well known advertising slogan but these days the language of flowers is not as well known as it was almost 100 years ago. During the First World War Australians serving overseas, many away from their families for years, sent floral tributes to their loved ones in the form of embroidered postcards, handkerchiefs, cushion covers and other souvenir items. Patriotic Australian postcard RC04121…

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  • The Red Baron’s boot

    Friday 24 August 2012 by Shane Casey. 1 comments

    Left flying overboot: Baron M von Richthofen, Geschwader 1 German Air Service. RELAWM00705 Flying over the churned battlefields of the Western Front, the German pilot Baron Manfred von Richthofen quickly established a reputation as a skilful and deadly fighter. His exploits captured the imagination of the German public, and were feared by Allied pilots. By mid-1917 he had been awarded Germany’s highest gallantry award, …

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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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  • 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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  • A visit to Lone Pine Cemetery

    Tuesday 5 June 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 4 comments

    Lone Pine Cemetery 2012 While recently at Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, I took the opportunity to visit the graves of two men, Corporal David 'Yank' McVay and Private Charles Hampson who served with D Company in the 23rd Battalion. A few years ago I researched their stories while cataloguing the metal cross plates that came from their original graves.   The original grave marker for David McVay …

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