• Tobruk Diaries: Rest in Peace

    Monday 13 June 2011 by .

    Cosgriff’s Diary:  Friday 13th June 1941 Heard only one raid and stayed in bed for it.  Mass for Anderson R.I.P.  To beach this morning but not so many there for me.  Bombed down there on Tuesday evening and John Horan reckoned his dug-out turned a somersault.  He also reckons the pearls fly through the tents down there.  Bomb on hospital ward this evening.  Eyetie artisan working on my timepieces.  Started on Hamlet today …

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  • Australia's records: preserved as sacred things

    Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    Australia's records: preserved as sacred things - pictures relics and writings. By C. E. W. Bean, The Anzac Bulletin, Vol 40, 10 October 1917. British Headquarters, France, September 29 [1917]. By C. E. W. BEAN. Bean in northern France, December 1917 E01430 Every country after this war will have its war museums and galleries, and its library of records rendered sacred by the millions of gallant, precious lives laid down …

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  • The Australian War Records Section

    Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Anne-Marie Conde. 9 comments

    Ninety years ago, in May 1917, the Australian War Records Section (AWRS) was formed in London. It is from this date that we trace the formal origins of the Australian War Memorial. Over the next two years the AWRS acquired approximately 25,000 objects, as well as paper records, photographs, film, publications, and works of art. All were brought back to Australia in 1919 and formed the basis of the collection of what would eventually …

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  • Caring for the past

    Tuesday 12 June 2007 by Anne-Marie Conde.

    It is not enough to expect the evidence of the past to be preserved as a matter of chance or accident. Someone has to care. /photograph/D00073 D00073 Evidence of the past comes to us by many means: documents, photographs, books, newspapers, objects, works of art, films, buildings, landscapes, eyewitness accounts. Not everything is kept, however. Time, neglect, destruction and sometimes –perversely – a desire to …

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  • Cirkut Panoramas

    Tuesday 15 May 2007 by Shaune Lakin.

    Cirkut panoramas Officers, NCOs and men of the 1st Australian Mechanical Transport Company with civilians at Hainaut Chatelet, Belgium, April 1919 (AWM E05297) E05297 Given their application to the fields of reconnaissance, surveillance and the gathering of intelligence, the course of the First World War was in many ways dependent on the production and circulation of panoramic photographs. Panoramas were regularly …

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  • Further reading: a select bibliography

    Thursday 12 April 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    The following is not intended to provide an exhaustive bibliography of resources on the AIF campaigns in France and Flanders during 1917. Rather, it identifies some of the more useful and readily available sources for anyone wishing to explore the topic further. Primary source records One of the most useful primary sources for researching the Australian Imperial Force are their unit war diaries. Each unit (usually down …

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