• Colditz Collection

    Wednesday 30 January 2008 by Nick Fletcher. 3 comments

    Escape maps, medals and military insignia from an infamous German prisoner of war camp are among the latest additions to the Australian War Memorial's collection. Medals and photographs from Lieutenant JR Jack Millet’s Colditz collection The items belonged to WA-born Lieutenant JR 'Jack' Millet who enlisted in 1940 with 2/11 Infantry Battalion. He served in the Middle East before being captured by the Germans on Crete in May …

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  • More exhibition images

    Tuesday 22 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 6 comments

    I now have a better set of images of the exhibition taken by one of our professional photographers, Kerry Alchin. I had thought that I might just replace some of my terribly dark and grainy images, but after talking to our web team, we thought we might upload this new set as a slide show. You can stop the slideshow (by double clicking an image) to view more information or you can look at the previous posts, or even post a question in a comment. …

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  • More on the Shellal Mosaic

    Monday 21 January 2008 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    This post is a further comment regarding Emily Robertson's post on the Shellal Mosaic. When researching for the exhibition I came across some references to the mosaic in the collection of papers of General Sir Henry George Chauvel. In a letter to his wife on 3 May 1917 he mentions some damage done to the mosaic by Turkish forces and that he had contacted the Director of Antiquities to remove it. The letter was transcribed into Lady Chauvel’s …

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  • 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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