• More about the blog

    Thursday 28 September 2006 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    If you've managed to subscribe to this blog or if you've been looking at it for a few days since we went live, you'll have noticed that it has not had a lot of content added since Day #1. Chris, our technical developer has been been fixing and improving things, like the link into our museum catalogue for some of the images we will use. Now you can select these images and most will open up in a new window that shows you the museum catalogue …

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  • Why is the Memorial doing an exhibition on Lawrence of Arabia?

    Wednesday 20 September 2006 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    More than 70 years after his death, T E Lawrence remains one of the most compelling and intriguing figures of the Twentieth Century. His enigmatic personality, his intimate involvement in the emergence of the modern Middle East and the achievements of his extraordinary life, ranging from the guidance of the Arab revolt through the meticulous writing of Seven pillars of wisdom to the development of high speed air-sea rescue boats for the Royal Air…

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  • TE Lawrence correspondence in our records

    Wednesday 20 September 2006 by Mal Booth.

    The following interesting exchange between C. E. W. Bean (Australia's Official Historian for the First World War) and TE Lawrence was found a while ago when we started researching our exhibition. It was found in an official record series: AWM 43 'Official History, 1914-18 War, biographical and other research files'. Bean intended to show biographical details (eg. the dates and places of birth and a connection to a town or district to which they …

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  • Seven pillars of wisdom

    Thursday 14 September 2006 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Seven pillars 1926 subscriber's edition One strong connection between Lawrence and the Light Horse is evident in our books collection. We have a very rare edition of TE Lawrence’s memoir of the Arab Revolt, Seven pillars of wisdom. Only a very limited, but lavish edition was produced while Lawrence was still alive (in 1926). An abridged version The Revolt in the Desert was produced in 1927, but the full trade edition was not …

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  • Conservation of the 49th Battalion Regimental Colours

    Friday 1 September 2006 by Bridie Kirkpatrick.

    Background Regimental Colours are the focal point of all the loyalty, spirit and traditions that made their regiment great. Emblazoned with Battle Honours, they are expensive and precious items, intricately hand embroidered on silk with metal and silk threads. Before being presented, Colours are always consecrated at a religious ceremony where God's blessing is requested. In earlier days the …

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  • Conservation of an Imperial German Pith Helmet

    Monday 31 July 2006 by Sarah Clayton.

    Exhibition object This Imperial German Consular Service pith helmet is part of Forging the Nation, Federation - the first 20 years, the Australian War Memorial's exhibition celebrating the Centenary of Federation. The helmet was worn by Major Friedrich Wilhelm Von Ploennies, German consul in Brisbane in the late 1890's, as part of his formal uniform. The helmet,…

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