Friday 16 November 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 18 comments
Joseph Maxwell (1896 - 1967) P03390.001 I found this article last night in an old Reveille journal from June 1930. Apart from the photos which I've added, the text remains as published. The author was Joe Maxwell, the very same who won a DCM as a warrant officer near Westhoek, just a few days after the action described below. The following year he would win the Military Cross twice, and just before the end of the war, the …
Thursday 15 November 2007 by Mal Booth.
Hittite horse rider We are just now finalising the exhibition catalogue for printing and I have some time to do more posts about the exhibition. So, Hittite horse rider here is a brief post to let you know a little more about some of the items we are bring out from the collection of the Warden and Fellows of All Souls College in Oxford. T.E. Lawrence was a Research Fellow of the College from 1919 to 1926. He …
Thursday 15 November 2007 by Aaron Pegram. 12 comments
Private Albert George Pegram, 55th Battalion AIF P04810.001 The Battle of Polygon Wood was one of the most successful engagements Australian troops participated in during the Passchendaele campaign. On 26 September 1917, the 5th Australian Division successfully captured the German-held positions surrounding the Butte de Polygone, an earth mound that before the war had been the butt-stop of a rifle range. By 1917 with the …
Wednesday 14 November 2007 by Mal Booth. 3 comments
By now you'll probably have noticed that the blog has a new look. Adam Bell is responsible for that. He is our web developer. The design features elements of the exhibition design that have been developed by our designers, Jesse and Nicki, from Arketype in Adelaide. I'm a tad biased but I think they've picked up some of my odd ideas really well and there are some really wonderful design elements that reflect and highlight some of the key features…
Wednesday 14 November 2007 by Mal Booth.
A colleague here has recently alerted me to this online clip of the charge at Beersheba as recreated for the film Forty Thousand Horsemen. You can view a three minute clip here courtesy of the new site australianscreen. We will be screening the whole film at 2 pm on 8 December 2007 in our Telstra Theatre, introduced by Susanne Chauvel Carlsson, Toowoomba author and daughter of Australian pioneer film maker, Charles Chauvel.
Tuesday 13 November 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 34 comments
Seabrook brothers. L-R: Theo, William and George Seabrook, 17th Infantry Battalion H05568 As haunting as any image of the ghosts of Passchendaele is this studio portrait photo of the Seabrook brothers, the sons of William and Fanny Seabrook of Five Dock in Sydney NSW. Theo (age 25) and George (age 24) were both privates, while their younger brother William (age 20), with his previous military experience, soon made it to Second …
Thursday 8 November 2007 by Mal Booth.
We have a few interesting public talks and a film screening before the end of the year. Here is all the information you'll need. The Telstra Theatre is inside the Memorial, on the lower ground floor. 27 November 2007, 10.30-11.30 am, Telstra Theatre Author Talk: James Barr James Barr's book about Lawrence and the Arab revolt, Setting the Desert on Fire: TE Lawrence and Britain's secret war in Arabia 1916-18, was published in Britain in paperback…
Friday 2 November 2007 by Mal Booth.
Wartime Cover #40 The Memorial's regularly published magazine Wartime has a cover story and major feature on our exhibition in the Wartime current issue (#40). We have four articles in this issue: Nigel Steel addresses the liberation of Damascus from the Turks in October 1918. Credit has mostly been given to Feisal's Arabs and Lawrence was responsible for this claim as that is what he said in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Nigel points…
Tuesday 30 October 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 2 comments
The battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. The final phase of this all day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line …
Monday 29 October 2007 by Guy Olding.
Photo courtesy of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. A bronze slouch hat must be a unique commemorative device. A Bullecourt school teacher, Claude Durand, began to translate Charles Bean’s account of the battles, partly for his own interest, partly for the benefit of his students. He was struck by the scale of the British and Australian casualties and realised that they had no local memorial. He and the mayor Jean Letaille …