• 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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  • In their own words : ANZACs of the Western Front

    Monday 23 April 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 1 comments

    This presentation of WW1 film, together with voices of WW1 veterans, was produced by the Australian War Memorial's film and sound curators. The footage and original oral history recordings are part of the rich film and sound collections of the Australian War Memorial. The Memorial holds many oral history stories of the Great War; these are stories of veterans who survived to record their stories of the war years leading up to …

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  • Update on the Lost Diggers photographs

    Wednesday 28 March 2012 by Lauren Hewitt. 18 comments

    Update 9 August 2012: On 9 August Mr Kerry Stokes AC presented a collection of fragile First World War photographic glass plates to the Australian War Memorial. These plates form part of the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection, courtesy of the Kerry Stokes collection, uncovered in 2011 after sitting undisturbed for nearly a century in the attic of a farmhouse in the French town of Vignacourt. Mr Stokes is donating more than 800 of …

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  • Stinking Farm Trench Sign

    Tuesday 6 December 2011 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    My name is Romy Turner. I am a work experience student from Canberra Girls Grammar School at the Memorial for this week. As part of my work experience I had to research an item, a trench sign, from the Memorial's collection. RELAWM06263 Trench sign to Stinking Farm The trench sign ‘To Stinking Farm Currie Ave’ was collected during the First World War by Lieutenant Colonel John Basil St. Vincent Welch, whilst he was…

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  • The Bicycle in Warfare

    Wednesday 23 March 2011 by Ally Roche. 4 comments

    The bicycle is a machine that we can all relate to, it’s a common denominator.  Be that early childhood memories of the first ride down that steep hill, the freedom to go distances that would be problematic on foot or that flat tyre at the most inconvenient time. Today, bike technology has changed dramatically from the bikes that were being used in the First World War.  No carbon fibre frames or dual suspension shock absorbers, gears…

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  • Sir John Monash's German Shoulder Strap Collection

    Tuesday 4 January 2011 by Dianne Rutherford.

      RELAWM15049.004 : Shoulder straps for 233rd Field Artillery Regiment, 37, 24 and 151 Fussartillerie (Foot Artillery) Battalions and 69th Field Artillery Regiment Among the items collected by Sir John Monash during the First World War are over 200 German shoulder straps worn by men who fought against the AIF in 1918. Single shoulder straps were routinely removed from dead or captured Germans for intelligence …

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  • The butcher and the grocer: A Western Front story.

    Friday 28 August 2009 by Craig Blanch. 12 comments

    The Western Front was epitomised by the brute force of men against machine and each other. Tens of thousands were lost in the maelstrom of war. In the horror, friendships were forged that endured even through death. This is the story of one such friendship... Wally Brown was a grocer. He did not necessarily want to be a grocer but neither did he want to follow in the footsteps of his father as a miller. The small Tasmanian community of…

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  • Dr Phoebe Chapple: The first woman doctor to win the Military Medal

    Tuesday 30 June 2009 by Craig Blanch. 15 comments

    Phoebe Chapple (1879-1967) Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia. B 25677/34 Phoebe Chapple was always going to be someone special. She grew up in a family of high achievers. Apart from her father, Frederic Chapple, who was headmaster at Prince Alfred College Adelaide, five of her seven siblings held university degrees: Alfred a lecturer in engineering at St John’s University Cambridge; Ernest, another…

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  • Ypres, the Menin Gate and the Last Post

    Monday 19 May 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    And the last post for the Battlefield Tour Blog 2008! Ypres Passchendaele Three major battles of the First World War were fought around the medieval town of Ypres. The first battle was a three week attack on British positions on the 18 October 1914. Here the British and French forces halted the German advance a few kilometres before the town. The town became a salient and the Germans continued to shell the town. The cloth hall at Ypres,…

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  • N’oublions jamais l’Australie - Never Forget Australia

    Friday 16 May 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 5 comments

    Villers-Bretonneux and Bullecourt are two towns on the Western Front that continue to have an ongoing connection with Australia. Due to the warmth and hospitality of the locals in receiving us, the battlefield tour will also not easily forget these towns. The tiny town of Bullecourt includes a pub called Le Canberra and one of the finest private museums in Northern France. The Bullecourt Musée contains a jumble of rare and interesting …

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