Tuesday 22 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 6 comments
Exhibitions, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse, Our exhibition

I now have a better set of images of the exhibition taken by one of our professional photographers, Kerry Alchin. I had thought that I might just replace some of my terribly dark and grainy images, but after talking to our web team, we thought we might upload this new set as a slide show.

You can stop the slideshow (by double clicking an image) to view more information or you can look at the previous posts, or even post a question in a comment. Here we go, mind the step ...


Matthew Gibbs

For someone whose fame is based on deeds done 90 years ago, T.E. Lawrence continues to get a lot of press. His legacy lives on. The war in Iraq has most obviously thrust his writings back into the limelight. The Times recently quoted a 2005 survey that found that Seven Pillars of Wisdom was the second-most recommended book among US officers' reading material. The soldiers would do well to safeguard their copies of Lawrence's tome. According to Book and Magazine Collector, Seven Pillars of Wisdom is rated the third-most valuable book of the 20th century. Lawrence resonates beyond military matters. In an article critical of Australia's new censorship laws in July 2007, journalist David Marr asked whether "an old terrorism memoir such as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom" would be banned if published today, given the book's potential impact on impressionable minds. While in a piece last summer poking fun at beach cricket, Peter Roebuck described the sandy playing surface as the stuff "that so inconvenienced the Turks in their skirmish with Lawrence of Arabia." At the last Academy Awards there was speculation that Peter O'Toole may "finally get his Oscar for Lawrence of Arabia, almost five decades late". He's still waiting. But there was a reward of sorts for Lawrence. William Monahan, who won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Departed, said he was inspired to write for the cinema after watching the epic that made O'Toole a star. Lawrence has been described as history's first modern celebrity. Given our fascination with celebrity it's little wonder he continues to hold us enthral. The AWM's new exhibition adds scholarly weight to the legend. Matthew Gibbs


Excellent record of a fabulous exhibition. I spent the Australia Day weekend in Canberra primarily to visit the AWM and see Lawrence of Arabia and the Australia Light Horse. I wasn't disappointed. It was worth the trip from Adelaide.


After reading the 7 Pillars Of Wisdom to see the Lawrence of Arabia and the Australia Light Horse exhibition put the icing on the cake. It really brought the book to life. The whole of the AWM is a place to see. The staff are fantastic and to be able to photograph the exhibits is truly wonderful.

Dalma Smithy

Truly amazing pictorial !Pity not all of us are fortunate enough to view the exhibition. I have followed Lawrence's short life with mixed feelings. That he was an enigma is without question.What is evident, he wanted The Arab's to rule the deserts .. Syria,Gaza and the entire Middle East.History records the British Empire had other designs and depite L's tremendous energies and suffering among his Arab tribes and King Fiesel's treachery, constant bickering and lack of Global imagination ( Bedouins were nomads and held little appreciation of their destiny )it seems he died a broken hearted disillusioned disenchanted and depressed individual. Some say he shunned glory, a Knighthood and public acclaim.Eventually he joined the RAF as a LAC ? Speculation is rife because of his anonmity and his threat to the Establishmant at the time, he posed a real head ache and many people detested his style and position in History. It's common knowledge he was " wasted " to remove what insidious connections he could have prospered by. What a sad irony to such a magnificent human specimen. The yank's would have LOVED him. They would have glorified his exploits like no other. Hollywood, Bollywood and the Shaw studio's would have churned out trillions of flix's and DVD's at his trails and tribulations.Imagine that !! Nevertheless, all said he was a MAN. I thank you for bringing his Life and ambitions for the World to enjoy. Very grateful indeed.


What is the story of the horse Sandy?

Carole Hone

I have just watched the film "Lawrence of Arabia" with Peter O'Toole. His portrayal of T.E. Lawrence was truly remarkable, what an interesting and passionate human being he must have been to soar to great heights during his short lifetime. My father's stepfather's younger brother served in the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba and received a Military Good Conduct Medal for Bravery during the charge on Damascus. His name was Leslie Oliver Langtip and he was responsible for knocking out a Turkish gun which was defending the gates at Damascus.