• Relief maps of the Western Front

    Friday 13 July 2007 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments

    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. Relief map of Zonnebeke area, Belgium Section 5AW, who created the maps was established sometime around December 1918 and was managed by Lieutenant Cyril Isaac. In…

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  • Thirty Years of an Artist's Life

    Thursday 12 July 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    Amy Lambert’s book In 1938 Amy Lambert produced a book titled G.W. Lambert, A.R.A. (Thirty years of an artist's life). Amy used a lot of personal correspondence from her husband including substantial accounts of his time working as a war artist in the Middle East and Gallipoli. Through these letters we get an insight into Lambert's working methods, his relationships to officers and troopers of the Light Horse, and his reactions …

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  • Victoria Crosses of 1917

    Thursday 12 July 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    Victoria Cross The Victoria Cross is the highest British and Commonwealth award for acts of bravery in wartime. In the First World War 64 Australians were awarded this medal. During the battles of 1917 on the Western Front eighteen Australians won the Victoria Cross. Murray, VC P01465.004 Captain Henry William (Harry) Murray (13th Infantry Battalion, 4th Division AIF). 4-5 February 1917, at Stormy Trench, NE of …

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  • Study for Dead Trooper

    Monday 2 July 2007 by Ilaria Poli.

    George Lambert ‘Study for Dead Trooper and detail of Turkish trench, Gallipoli (pro Patria)’ 1919 ART02857 The majority of conservation treatments on paintings in the George Lambert: Gallipoli Palestine Landscapes exhibition were relatiavely straightforward. There were a few exceptions to this rule, one being Study for Dead Trooper and detail of Turkish trench, Gallipoli (pro Patria), oil on canvas, 1918. A lot of work …

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  • A Brief Military History of Flanders

    Wednesday 27 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    For much of its history Flanders has been a strategically important area during the centuries of conflict in Europe.  Ypres, as a major town of the region and a wealthy economic centre, has often been a focal point of the fighting there.  Flanders’ location has also put it at the crossroads between long-time rivals England and France, and later as part of the Netherlands territories of other great powers, such as Spain and Austria.  …

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  • 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Arras

    Tuesday 26 June 2007 by Peter Burness. 3 comments

    While 11 April 1917 saw the launch of the first action at Bullecourt, on 9 April the larger Arras Offensive commenced.  The Arras Offensive of 1917 is often referred to as the Battle of Arras and is a significant battle honour more identified with the British Army.  This offensive does however also incorporate the smaller ‘battles’ and 'actions' of the Scarpe, of Vimy Ridge which the Canadians commemorate, and Bullecourt which Australians …

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  • Ottoman prisoner of war beadwork

    Monday 25 June 2007 by Dianne Rutherford. 9 comments

    rel-09785_1.jpg I normally reside in the Research Centre, working with Mal and Robyn, but for the past five months I have been working in the Memorial’s Military Heraldry and Technology section (MHT). MHT's collection includes uniforms, medals, souvenirs, trench art, weaponry, vehicles and other interesting items. Some items from the MHT collection have been selected for display in Lawrence exhibition. Of the items selected, …

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  • Recent war artists

    Monday 25 June 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    In early 2007 the Australian War Memorial appointed Charles Green and Lyndell Brown as official artists to Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles and Lyndell are based in Melbourne and work collaboratively on the same paintings.  Their experiences as official artists travelling with the Australian Defence Forces bear some similarity to those of George Lambert ninety years ago - having to work quickly and pack up at a moment's notice when the Forces need…

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  • The Generals of 1917

    Friday 22 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART03339 ART03339 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART03349 ART03349 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART00195 ART00195 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART02926 ART02926 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART02987 ART02987 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART00102 ART00102 http://awm.gov.au/collection/ART00199 ART00199…

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  • Battle honours - Bullecourt

    Thursday 21 June 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    While reading about the Australians at Bullecourt in 1917, it struck me as odd that there is only one official battle honour for what seemed to be two distinctly separate battles, albeit in the same location. Furthermore, the official battle honour only refers to the second battle that occurred in May, and seemingly ignores the first battle that took place on 11 April. To satisfy my curiosity, I looked in to the matter further, with assistance…

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