• Cartridge cutlery: Early souvenirs of the Australian War Memorial Museum

    Wednesday 26 October 2016 by Dianne Rutherford. 1 comments

    German 7.92mm cartridges, similar to these, were used in making the Memorial souvenirs in the 1920s and 1930s.

    During the 1920s and 1930s the Australian War Memorial (known at the time as the Australian War Memorial Museum) needed to raise money to help with the construction of the building here in Canberra. One of the ways the Memorialdid this was through the sale of souvenirs made from over ten thousand small arms ammunition cartridges theAustralian War Records Section (the precursor to the Memorial)had collected on the Western Front between …

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  • Commercial Sweetheart Jewellery

    Thursday 11 September 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    One thing we often get asked aboutis jewellery made during the First and Second World War. This blog will look at some examples of sweetheart jewellery produced by commercial companies and jewellers. Trench art sweetheart jewellery will be examined at a later date. This type of jewellery was often worn by female relatives, including girlfriends, wives or mothers as a symbol of pride, support and affection for a loved one serving in the …

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  • A not so ancient 'antiquity'

    Wednesday 31 July 2013 by Dianne Rutherford.

    RELAWM09776 Sphinx/Scarab from Egypt

    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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  • An ancient Babylonian souvenir?

    Friday 15 July 2011 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Souvenir purchased in Baghdad, believed at the time to be a Babylonian tablet (RELAWM09688) One of the more unusual items to be found in the Memorial's collection is the item shown above. It was purchased by an Australian soldier, Eric Keast Burke, while he was serving with 'D' Troop, ANZAC Wireless Squadron in Baghdad, Mesopotamia in 1918-1919 and was originally identified  as a piece of an ancient Babylonian …

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