Last night the Australian War Memorial's latest special exhibition, To Flanders Fields, 1917 was officially launched. A large gathering of invited guests saw the Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, Major General Adrian Clunies-Ross AO MBE (Ret'd), give the opening address and introduce the guest speakers.
The Ambassador for Belgium, His Excellency Mr Frank Carruet gave a sincere and heart-felt speech, followed by The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, The Hon. Bruce Billson MP, who also made an excellent speech before officially opening the exhibition.
Just a reminder that this exhibition will open here at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra tomorrow - Friday 10 August.
Admission to the Memorial and this exhibition is free. Hope you can come and see it.
Check our web page 'Planning your visit'
Also check out online, an excerpt (nearly 3 mins) from the exhibition's 15 minute film
The following extract is from C. E. W. Bean’s Official History, Volume IV, pp 729-730. It highlights an often overlooked branch of the AIF during their most gruelling trial at Ypres during 1917.
A while back, actually a long while back, I promised to enlighten you about a couple of inspiring things that I saw in London in 2006 during my visits to view the IWM's Lawrence of Arabia, the Life, the Legend exhibition and to negotiate our UK loans. So after a long delay and absolutely no requests to read the second part of my story, here it is.
Pilgrimage to Passchendaele: a killing field haunted by family memories, Telegraph (UK), 30 July 2007
Diggers remembered in Passchendaele ceremonies, ABC News (Australia), 13 July 2007 (includes online audio feature)
The Memorial holds some very interesting three-dimensional relief maps made in 1919 by the Australian War Records Section (the parent organisation of the Australian War Memorial). They were made in London by men who were still in England, waiting to be repatriated home.
Thursday 12 July 2007 by Janda Gooding. No comments.
George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine Landscapes Exhibition