Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Looking Back

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Thank you.
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Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey, 1915

Photograph taken in France in 1916, of non-commissioned officers and gunners who served at Gallipoli, probably in the Australian Heavy Battery.
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Drawing of the interior of a ward at the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Abbeville, France was made by Laurence Howie in 1919.
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Four siblings of the Malcolm family of Melbourne, Victoria, served during the First World War. The above portrait was taken on their return home, all having survived.
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Florence Elizabeth McMillan, one of the nurses on the Greek Island of Lemnos during World War 1, with a kitten mascot born in the trenches of Gallipoli.
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Gassed Australian soldiers waiting for medical help at the Somme front.
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An Australian fatigue party passes a German bunker at the western end of Pozieres.
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Eygpt, September 1941: Men of the 24th Infantry Brigade after their voyage from Tobruk.
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Australian soldiers firing a captured Italian Breda Anti-Tank gun on a beach in the Northern Sector near El Alamein. WWII
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Australian soldiers. Kokoda Track, New Guinea, during WW2.
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HMS Norseman was transferred to the Australian Navy by the Royal Navy in WW2 and renamed HMAS Nepal.
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Australian sailors with a Bathurst-class corvette in the background. The RAN commissioned 56 of this class of corvettes during World War II.
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30 August 1945. Yokosuka Naval Base, Tokyo Bay. Commander Yuzo Tanno hands over the keys of Yokosuka Naval Base to Captain H. J. Buchanan, Royal Australian Navy. Buchanan led the first Commonwealth party to go ashore in Japan.
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Pilots of No. 457 Squadron receive final instructions for their flight back to Australia in October 1945. All of the squadron's aircraft were painted with a shark's mouth, earning it the nickname the "Grey Nurse Squadron".
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Tripolitania, Libya. February 1943. Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain, surrounded by airmen after arriving in a black-painted converted American Liberator aircraft to refuel at the Italian-built Castel Benito airfield. He was on his way home after the Yalta conference, a secret meeting with President Roosevelt of the United States of America and Joseph Stalin, President of the USSR, held at Yalta on the Black Sea in the Crimea. Both Roosevelt and Churchill flew long detours to keep away from enemy territory. 

Airmen of the RAAF sign their names on the fuselage of the Liberator aircraft.
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The wreck of HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney Harbour following an attack by 3 Japanese midget submarines in 1942. 21 sailors died.

June 1, 1942. A Japanese midget submarine is raised from the bed of Sydney Harbour the day after the attack.
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A Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps nurse and Vietnamese child, 1967.
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Young men of the 7th Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment [7RAR], home after twelve months in Vietnam.
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Australian soldiers, Vietnam
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Australian soldiers, Afghanistan
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Australian soldiers, Iraq

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“ANZAC is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour, and the survival of a sense of self worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”

- Wall mounting hanging in the Arrivals Hall at Melbourne International Airport.



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