• Saying it with Flowers

    Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    “Say it with flowers” is a well known advertising slogan but these days the language of flowers is not as well known as it was almost 100 years ago. During the First World War Australians serving overseas, many away from their families for years, sent floral tributes to their loved ones in the form of embroidered postcards, handkerchiefs, cushion covers and other souvenir items. Patriotic Australian postcard RC04121…

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  • "With the heel of my boot I marked the site": the story of the Long Tan Cross

    Wednesday 19 September 2012 by Emma Campbell. 4 comments

    Pipers flank the men who fought in the battle of Long Tan during the dedication ceremony. P04665.798 It’s rough, scarred and made of concrete, but the Long Tan Cross has a beauty and poignancy that transcends its rudimentary  form. Erected in memory of the 18 young men who died in one of the most intense and dramatic actions of the Vietnam War, the cross has been adopted by veterans to symbolise all Australians who …

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