Friday 10 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comment
To Flanders Fields, 1917, Exhibition

Last night the Australian War Memorial's latest special exhibition, To Flanders Fields, 1917 was officially launched.  A large gathering of invited guests saw the Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, Major General Adrian Clunies-Ross AO MBE (Ret'd), give the opening address and introduce the guest speakers.

The Ambassador for Belgium, His Excellency Mr Frank Carruet gave a sincere and heart-felt speech, followed by The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, The Hon. Bruce Billson MP, who also made an excellent speech before officially opening the exhibition.

The exhibition opened to the public this morning (10 August).

His Excellency Mr Frank Carruet His Excellency Mr Frank Carruet
Minister for Veterans' Affairs, The Hon. Bruce Billson MP with AWM exhibition concept leader Peter Burness. Minister for Veterans' Affairs, The Hon. Bruce Billson MP with AWM exhibition concept leader Peter Burness.
L-R - Frank Carruet, Adrian Clunies-Ross, Bruce Billson, Dirk Cardoen (Mayor of Zonnebeke), Franky Bryon (Councillor from Zonnebeke). L-R - Frank Carruet, Adrian Clunies-Ross, Bruce Billson, Dirk Cardoen (Mayor of Zonnebeke), Franky Bryon (Councillor from Zonnebeke).

Photographs by Hans Reppin, Australian War Memorial. Copyright Australian War Memorial, 2007.

Comments

Aaron Pegram

Craig,

Congratulations on a stunning exhibition. Your team has successfully captured the bitterness of the fighting in Flanders in 1917, and have presented it in a very smart and sophisticated combination of objects, photos and film. Good use was made of the temporary exhibition space, and I particularly liked the layout of the chronology along the outer perimeter of the gallery, with larger objects in the middle.

There was just so many objects which I have read about - such as the Luger pistol from Jacka's Bullecourt patrol, and the bloodstained stretcher was very powerful. It was also good to see the presence of some of the service units which were so essential to front line operations.

Well done,

Cheers,

Aaron