• Photos from the exhibition

    Monday 15 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    I should have done this ages ago, but as the saying goes, 'better late than never...' These are just a few snaps I took of the exhibition today. The entrance to the exhibition featuring Frank Hurley's well-known photograph A replica cast of the 'Big Digger' stands guard near the exhibition's entrance. The real statue stands atop the Bullecourt Memorial Portraits and uniform jackets of two …

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  • Our exhibition process to date

    Thursday 11 October 2007 by Mal Booth.

    September was a really busy month for us. We all had to meet deadlines for text, get the initial design concepts endorsed by management and write essays for magazines and our catalogue. So, just in case you are interested in what has gone on so far, here is a pretty comprehensive listing of the process and a few images we have taken along the way. Several senior staff from the Memorial viewed the IWM Lawrence of Arabia: The life, the legend …

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  • Passchendaele: an almost universal experience

    Saturday 6 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    Australian troops with German prisoners E00754 Along with the intensity of the fighting, the horrendous conditions and the heavy losses of Passchendaele, there is another reason why this campaign universally symbolises such great loss, tragedy and futility above others of the First World War.  This is simply because such a high percentage of men experienced it.  During the three and a half months it lasted, just over fifty …

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  • Five diggers laid to rest today

    Thursday 4 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    The remains of five AIF soldiers will be laid to rest today with full military honours in the Buttes New British Cemetery at Polygon Wood, Belgium.  The remains were discovered by chance in September 2006 during roadwork and pipe-laying excavations near the small village of Westhoek.  This is situated in the middle of the dreaded Ypres-Passchendaele Salient where up to half a million casualties on both sides fell, of which tens of thousands …

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  • 1917: a momentous year

    Tuesday 25 September 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    Lloyd George Russian Revolution Zimmermann Telegram USA enters the war Battle of Caporetto Tanks on the Western Front Battle of Beersheba The U-Boat war in the Atlantic When contemplating any event, even large ones such as the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) or the campaign on the Western Front, it is always …

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  • Exhibition Catalogue now available

    Wednesday 29 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    A catalogue of the To Flanders Fields, 1917 exhibition is now available.  It's 44-pages, is illustrated and sells for AUD $7.95.  It can be purchased at the Memorial's shop or online. Exhibition catalogue

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  • Second Lieutenant Roy Lytton Cummings, No. 5 (Training) Squadron, AFC

    Friday 24 August 2007 by Amanda Rebbeck.

    A native of Franklin, Tasmania Roy Lytton Cummings enlisted in the AIF on 19 November 1914 and after training was posted to the 3rd Field Ambulance. He embarked for overseas service aboard HMAT A70 (Ballarat) on 9 September 1915 and saw a short period of service in the last month of the Gallipoli campaign. 5561 Private Roy Lytton Cummings, 3rd Field Ambulance, 10th Reinforcements P04362.001 In January 1916, he successfully …

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  • Lambert in Melbourne

    Friday 24 August 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    Entrance to exhibition at Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne Here are some of the latest pics of the George Lambert exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne. You can see that it looks quite different to how it did in Canberra. As each venue has different physical spaces and facilities and even different visitor patterns, the exhibition is 're-designed' for each specific venue. Whereas in Canberra we used dark wall …

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  • One that got away

    Friday 24 August 2007 by Mal Booth. 3 comments

    Well, at least something we were not allowed to borrow . . . We did want to bring one of Lawrence's Arab daggers out to show in our exhibition. Two were displayed by the IWM: a gold dagger made for Lawrence in Mecca in 1917 that is now owned by All Souls College, Oxford; and a silver-gilt dagger now owned by Lord and Lady Kennet. I thought that it would be best to try for both and my first negotiation was in London at the home of Lord and Lady …

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  • 56th Battalion at Polygon Wood: a unit and a family's sad loss

    Tuesday 14 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 21 comments

    Infantry attack in Polygon Wood by Fred Leist ART02927 The Third Battle of Ypres (a.k.a the Battle of Passchendaele) that began on 31 July 1917 was a series of pushes from the Ypres Salient eastwards to the village of Passchendaele atop the final ridge. The Australian infantry first became involved on 20 September in the Battle of Menin Road, spearheaded by the 1st and 2nd Australian Divisions in the centre, with five British …

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