• Photos of the exhibition launch

    Tuesday 15 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

      The launch team Beth McGeachy-Blay and her events team made sure that the launch of our exhibition on 6 December 2007 was over the top. She is shown above (third from the right) with members of her team and the two camel mascots she managed to "borrow" from the Australian Army's 26 Transport Squadron in Puckapunyal, with their handlers Privates Arron Daniel (far left) and Michael Francis (far right).   Launch …

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  • Audio tour of the exhibition

    Wednesday 9 January 2008 by Mal Booth.

    In this post we provide an audio tour that you can listen to online or download the podcast. Warning: it is a bit rough! Not the technical quality, just my own voice as we recorded a live tour, so there was no script. It isn't Geraldine Dougue or Peter Ustinov, just me. My thanks to our Sound Engineer Lenny Preston who edited out all the really bad mistakes and some background noise, our Robyn who helped him and our Web Developer, Adam Bell, who…

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  • The Shellal Mosaic

    Wednesday 9 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 4 comments

    This blog post was written by Emily Robertson, a post-graduate student from the Australian National University who briefly worked at the Memorial as an intern in our Art section. During the second battle of Gaza, on 17 April 1917, a group of Australian signallers led by Corporal (later Sergeant) Ernest Lovell-Shore discovered a mosaic that had been partially uncovered by Turkish troops, who had built a trench on a mound in the Wadi Ghuzze near …

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  • Exhibition images (part two)

    Tuesday 25 December 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Australian Flying Corps feature (1)   AFC feature (2)   Stuart Reid’s “Handley Page reaches rendezvous with Lawrence of Arabia” Lawrence’s black robes In terms of the links between Lawrence and Australians, this is one of the most fascinating parts of the exhibition. The Australian Flying Corps (AFC) had many pilots who had begun their service as members of the Light …

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  • Exhibition images (part one)

    Monday 24 December 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Here are some images of the exhibition. We haven't got the professional photos yet, so these are just my snaps. They'll be good enough to give you a look at most of the features we have on display. (I still need to add a couple that I seem to have missed when I took these, so check back sometime in January 2008.) Main entrance showcase The two films - “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Forty Thousand Horsemen”…

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  • James Barr's talk (27 November 2007)

    Monday 17 December 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    At last we have James Barr's talk available as an audio file that you can listen to here, while browsing some of his 28 photos or after downloading it using the link below. Thanks again to James for his time and his generosity with these photos. Now go out and buy his book Setting the desert on fire!  [MEDIA=1] Download the MP3 audio file (13.9MB) Map   Damascus   Azrak tower   …

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  • Jeremy Wilson on Late Night Live

    Thursday 13 December 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Well, the exhibition is now open and my feet have barely hit the ground since. When things slow down I'll post some images and information about the opening, but currently I am still spending about 3-4 hours a day running tours as the exhibition seems pretty popular so far. Don't panic! It is open until 25 May 2008. As many of you will have read, Jeremy Wilson came out to the opening of the exhibition and presented a public talk on the Lawrence …

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  • Conservation of a Grenadier Guards Tunic – REL30833

    Wednesday 12 December 2007 by Bridie Kirkpatrick.

    Background The tunic came into the collection in a curious and roundabout way . The War Memorial was approached by a Canberra family who had, for donation, a number of pieces of early Lighthorse Regiment (NSW Lancers) equipment. The equipment had belonged to and been worn by a past family member. The pieces were brought into the Military Heraldry and Technology section and examined by …

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  • Conservation of Keith "Nugget" Miller’s Cricket Cap – REL30879

    Wednesday 12 December 2007 by Bridie Kirkpatrick.

    Background Keith Ross ‘Nugget’ Miller was an outstanding all round Australian cricketer who played with the best during the Bradman years. In 1942, like so many young Australians he joined the services and as a pilot flew de Havilland Mosquitos in operations over Europe. He was known for his colourful turns of phrase as much as his ability as a pilot and …

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  • Operations

    Monday 10 December 2007 by Peter Burness.

    Four Australian squadrons flew operationally. No.1 Squadron AFC had a unique role, serving in Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Its airmen undertook reconnaissance and bombing and were often drawn into aerial combat. Lieutenant Frank McNamara won the Victoria Cross for rescuing a downed comrade under fire; it was the first to an Australian airman. Portrait of Lieutenant Frank Hubert McNamara, No. 1 Squadron, AFC. Meanwhile Nos. 2 and…

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