Tuesday 21 November 2006 by Mal Booth. 4 comments
Exhibitions, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse, The Light Horse

A colleague here recently unearthed this photo from our collection. The caption in our catalogue doesn't really give too much away about it other than that it was taken somewhere in Palestine, probably in 1918 and by the famous photographer Frank Hurley.

So, we've decided to run a caption contest. We will publish the best and spend some time thinking up a suitable prize for the winner. The distinguished judging panel will be Nigel (who can spell), Robyn (who is a film-buff) and me (because it might prove amusing). Our decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into (unless accompanied by substantial bribes). Entries will close on 15 December 2006 and we'll then announce the winner.



Sue Jamesion

This photograph, along with many other wonderful Hurley war photos, can be viewed in a slide-show at http://www.greatwar.nl/frames/default-hurley.html

Pat Holscher

That is a truly great photograph, and I'd love to know the circumstances in which it was taken. The trooper mounted on a clearly irritated donkey, with the bit pulled far back, just doesn't match our image of an Australian trooper at all. The trooper and donkey are otherwise well out fitted with Light Horse equipments, so I've almost wondered if the photo was intended as a joke.


Here is my entry for the caption competition: - Giddyup. - Where is everybody? - On which part of this desolate plain will I forever lay? - I gave up Bondi for this? - So. This is the promised land? - Now, where will I find Hezbollah? - They didn't tell me about this at the recruitment depot. - Coo-ee march they said. I'll give them coo-ee! - I love a sunburnt country. (apologies to D. Mackellar) - And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended. (apologies to A.B. Paterson) - I'll ride you for the first fifty miles, and then you ride me for the next fifty miles. - At least I'll be able to eat the donkey. - The donkey's refusing to move Frank, so you can take as many photos as you like. - They call me the donkey, but you're the one who was reading the map. Good luck with the judging. Bob Meade


Hi... I was wondering what the winning entry is in this captioning contest, and what the prize was. Could you please let us all know? Thanks, Bob Meade