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.
A while back, one of our regular readers was talking to me about what we were doing and expressed some surprise at what effort is going into this exhibition. He said that he thought we just went out the back and grabbed things to put into cabinets and presto, an exhibition is born. Well, words to that effect. Others have emailed me recently about being interested in what goes into putting our exhibitions together.
Just a reminder that this exhibition will open here at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra tomorrow - Friday 10 August.
Admission to the Memorial and this exhibition is free. Hope you can come and see it.
Check our web page 'Planning your visit'
Also check out online, an excerpt (nearly 3 mins) from the exhibition's 15 minute film
The following extract is from C. E. W. Bean’s Official History, Volume IV, pp 729-730. It highlights an often overlooked branch of the AIF during their most gruelling trial at Ypres during 1917.
A while back, actually a long while back, I promised to enlighten you about a couple of inspiring things that I saw in London in 2006 during my visits to view the IWM's Lawrence of Arabia, the Life, the Legend exhibition and to negotiate our UK loans. So after a long delay and absolutely no requests to read the second part of my story, here it is.