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ANZAC remembrance medal by Dora Ohlfsen, 1919

This is a copper medal featuring on the obverse a fallen soldier surrounded with a laurel wreath being comforted by a female figure who symbolises Australia. It is inscribed: 'DORA OHLFSEN 1918' struck half off the flan (not visible here). The reverse depicts an outline of an armed soldier in profile and is inscribed: 'ANZAC. ...

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Postcard with poem entitled 'Doors', 1939

This poem, entitled 'Doors', was written by Arthur Lederer shortly before he and his family departed England on board SS Orama in 1939. The Lederers had fled Austria to escape Nazi persecution of the Jews and had travelled via Czechoslovakia and Great Britain before joining their ship to Australia. The poem uses a door ...

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Anzac Day promotional film, c1916

This film clip is an early cinema advertisement promoting Anzac Day. Silent black-and-white footage shows men in Australian Army uniforms moving through trenches surrounded by smoke. They carry guns and some of them are wearing gas masks. A title at the end says, 'A nation's manhood straining at its task - of carving ANZAC ...

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General Sir John Monash leading the Anzac parade, 1931

This is a black-and-white photograph of General Sir John Monash leading the parade for the 1931 Anzac Day march in Melbourne. He is mounted on a horse and is wearing his army uniform, to which numerous medals are attached. To Monash's right is another mounted soldier wearing the distinctive slouch hat of the Australian ...

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Diary of Trooper John Alexander 'Jack' McBean, 1900

These are the first pages of a diary kept by John Alexander 'Jack' McBean, a soldier who served in the Second Boer War (1899-1902). Written in 1900, the right-hand page says: 'Diary and notes of my life in South Africa as a trooper in the 4th SA IBC'. On the left-hand page are some handwritten annotations that appear to ...

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'The exploits of the 'Emden'', 1928

This still image is from the 1928 film 'The exploits of the ''Emden'''. This image shows naval ratings (non-commissioned sailors) manning the gun on the Australian battle cruiser 'HMAS Sydney', which sank the German cruiser 'Emden' near the Cocos Islands in 1914. The image has been signed with the words 'Remembrance of ...

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Gundagai welcomes its soldiers home in 1920

This is an excerpt from documentary footage shot in 1920 and introduced by the intertitle: 'Gundagai's Great Welcome Home to Returned Soldiers of Gundagai and Surrounding District.' It shows a welcome home parade passing through Gundagai in New South Wales, led by soldiers on horseback. There are men carrying a large Union ...

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Anzac Day in Gundagai in 1920 - asset 2

This is a short excerpt from a documentary about Gundagai's welcome home for the soldiers of Gundagai and surrounding districts returning from the First World War, filmed on Anzac Day in 1920. The excerpt shows a small crowd who have gathered, possibly at Gundagai's local hospital, to watch or take part in a two-up game.

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Breaker Morant, 1979: 'The gentleman's war is over'

This clip shows Lieutenant Harry 'Breaker' Morant (Edward Woodward) returning with prisoners after a successful night raid on a Boer encampment (laager). Morant joins Captain Hunt (Terence Donovan) and intelligence officer Captain Taylor (John Waters). Hunt, on hearing that Morant has captured Boers, instructs Taylor to ...

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Breaker Morant, 1979: 'This is what comes of Empire building'

This clip shows lieutenants Harry 'Breaker' Morant (Edward Woodward) and Peter Handcock (Bryan Brown) being marched from the prison compound in Pretoria to their execution by firing squad in a nearby field. An extreme long shot shows Morant reaching out his hand to Handcock and the two walking hand-in-hand to two empty ...

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1915, 1982: It's war!

This clip, from the television miniseries '1915', shows scenes that dramatise the responses of a rural community to the news that the First World War has been declared. Billy rides to a homestead to break the news to his friend Wally. The school teacher voices his anti-war position to Wally's father. In the town people ...

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1915, 1982: Shaking hands with the enemy

This clip is from the television miniseries '1915' and shows an officer announcing the beginning of a temporary truce to allow Australian and Turkish soldiers to gather up the bodies of those who have been killed or injured in 'no man's land'. The orders that prescribe the behaviour of participants during the truce are ...

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Forty Thousand Horsemen, 1940: 'What are we fighting for?'

This black-and-white clip shows the Australian Light Horse in Palestine during the First World War. It opens with a long shot of Australian military horsemen coming over dunes in the desert with the distinctive emu feather plumes in their hats and carrying their bayonets. This shot is accompanied by stirring orchestral ...

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Forty Thousand Horsemen, 1940: The Australians are coming

This black-and-white clip shows graphic scenes of the charge of the Australian Light Horse down a sand dune onto the trenches of the Turkish enemy below. The soundtrack includes a bugle call, the sound of gunfire and shells, the pounding of hooves and shouts and horses whinnying. Among the melee of the charge one soldier's ...

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And the band played 'Waltzing Matilda'

This is a song about the experiences of an itinerant Australian who volunteered as a soldier in the First World War, took part in the Suvla Bay landing and lost both legs in the Gallipoli campaign. It was composed and performed by Australian singer Eric Bogle, and was probably recorded in 1980.

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Family walking to Anzac ceremony at Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, 1935 or 1936

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Allen family in Melbourne on ANZAC Day, 25 April, in 1935 or 1936. From the left are Walter, Ada, Perce, Mary and Heather Allen. They have watched the Anzac Day march and are walking to the ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in the King's Domain parklands adjacent to St ...

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Letter from Arthur Lederer to HE Lady Max-Muller, 14 February 1939

This letter of thanks was written by Arthur Lederer to H E Lady Max-Muller in 1939 in appreciation of her generosity in helping him and his family escape Nazi-occupied Austria and migrate to Australia. Lady Max-Muller, living in London, had financed the Lederer family's passage by ship and their associated landing fees ...

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Royal Australian Naval Brigade certificate of discharge, 1919

This Royal Australian Naval Brigade certificate of discharge for Petty Officer Frank Hamilton was issued in 1919. It gives details of his rank, date of birth, date and reason for discharge. The certificate relates directly to the role of the Australian Naval Expeditionary Force taking possession of German New Guinea in ...

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Peter FitzSimons: Interview

This resource is an interview with Peter FitzSimons. Learncast PDF.

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Peter FitzSimons: Introduction

This resource is an introduction to Peter FitzSimons. Learncast PDF.