Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Victorian Veterans Virtual Museum

The Victorian Veterans Virtual Museum has recently been launched. This website contains a number of new resources including:

Victorian War Heritage Inventory
The Victorian War Heritage Inventory was developed in partnership with
Heritage Victoria. It is a searchable online database containing
information and images of places relating to Victoria’s war history
including war memorials, avenues of honour, places of commemoration and
former defence sites. Users can search for places according to keyword,
postcode, region, type of heritage, or conflict commemorated.

War-related heritage in Victoria: a report
War-related heritage in Victoria was commissioned by DCPD and gives an
overview of the extent and nature of war-related heritage in the state such
as memorials, commemorative buildings, honour rolls and memorabilia. The
report estimates the number of war memorials and other sites, and explores
the preservation of moveable heritage through a series of case studies
involving collections in RSLs, local historical societies and community
museums. The report is downloadable and an information flyer is attached.

World War One unit histories
In partnership with the State Library of Victoria the Veterans Unit has
digitised many of Victoria's World War One unit (battalion) histories. A
number of these books were originally published in the 1920s and are now
rare. This important online library can be read from any computer with
access to the web.

'In our words' digital stories
The Virtual Museum also hosts the 'In our words' digital stories recorded
with Victorian veterans over the past two years. They include personal
accounts of war and repatriation by World War Two, Korean War and Vietnam
War veterans which make compelling viewing. This project is still underway
in partnership with the Shrine of Remembrance and the Australian Centre for
the Moving Image (ACMI).

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