• 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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  • Training

    Friday 7 December 2007 by Peter Burness.

    Trainees, instructors and staff for the Australian Flying Corps first flying training course which began 17 August 1914. They are pictured in front of a BE2A aircraft in a hangar at the Central Flying School, Point Cook, Victoria. Some Australian pilots qualified at courses at Point Cook, Victoria, and at Richmond, New South Wales; however, from 1917, most were trained in England. It took about 8 months to produce a pilot, …

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  • The Concept of the Ace

    Friday 7 December 2007 by Peter Burness. 1 comments

    The bold exploits of the fighter pilots caught the attention of the public. Aerial duels fought by young men in the clear skies satisfied the heroic notion of warfare; something that the bloody trench fighting could no longer do. Each nation had its air heroes, although many of them had only short lives. Those who destroyed five enemy aircraft were referred to as ‘aces’. The greatest of these, of any side, was the German, Manfred von …

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  • Lowell Thomas footage and press report

    Thursday 6 December 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Our installation is almost complete now and we will open tonight. This week a few of us have done a lot of media interviews, so it looks to be attracting a good deal of attention already. We released some edited film footage taken by Harry Chase for Lowell Thomas during his short stay with Lawrence and the Arabs in 1918. It was provided by the Imperial War Museum as it comes from their collection. You can view this footage and read a press report…

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  • The Role of Aircraft

    Thursday 6 December 2007 by Amanda Rebbeck.

    Reconnaissance was once the role of the cavalry. In the First World War, aircraft being able to get above and well behind the enemy’s lines, could do it so much better. This role was further enhanced by aerial photography. Observers in aircraft could also direct artillery fire onto targets. Soon armed single-seater fighter-scouts were hunting the reconnaissance planes, and it became necessary to protect them. A Williamson …

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