• 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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  • 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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