• 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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  • Putting our exhibition together (#2, IWM loans)

    Monday 13 August 2007 by Mal Booth.

    In this post I will begin to cover my second trip to London in late June 2006 to negotiate Emir Feisal and bodyguard heading northwards to Wejh loans from the UK, mostly for the Lawrence side of our exhibition. It really was a great priviledge to be able to do this and to return to London so soon after my quick visit over Easter to see the IWM's Lawrence exhibition. Museum's are not made of money and this trip was made possible …

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  • Putting our exhibition together (#1)

    Friday 10 August 2007 by Mal Booth.

    A while back, one of our regular readers was talking to me about what we were doing and expressed some surprise at what effort is going into this exhibition. He said that he thought we just went out the back and grabbed things to put into cabinets and presto, an exhibition is born. Well, words to that effect. Others have emailed me recently about being interested in what goes into putting our exhibitions together. The process isn't actually that …

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  • Latest media articles

    Friday 10 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    10 August - Year of bloodshed best not forgotten, The Sydney Morning Herald 10 August - Exhibition evokes cruel days of 1917, The Canberra Times 11 August - Miners of Messines, The Australian

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  • Exhibition launch

    Friday 10 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    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 …

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  • Reminder - Exhibition opens tomorrow !

    Thursday 9 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts.

    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 /blog.awm.gov.au/awm/2007/08/06/exhibition-film-preview/

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  • Exhibition Film - Preview

    Monday 6 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    The exhibition will feature a 15 minute film, based on the photographic and film work of Captain Frank Hurley, Official War Photographer during the Ypres-Passchendaele Offensive. This is a short excerpt from that film (2 mins 43 secs). [MEDIA=1] Title: To Flanders Fields, 1917: through the eyes of Frank Hurley Produced by: the Australian War Memorial Producer: Ray McJannett Sound sound effects: Lenny Preston Original music: Antoni Rudnicki …

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  • The Drivers

    Friday 3 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 4 comments

    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. Going into action by H. Septimus Power ART03329 From the August fighting [at Ypres in 1917], the Australian infantry was so fortunate as to be spared, but the detached artillery bore its share. That of the 2nd Division, whose new …

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  • Rain and Mud: the Ypres - Passchendaele Offensive

    Wednesday 1 August 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    Swamp around Zonnebeke, Oct 1917 (E01200) E01200 When considering the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, what immediately springs to mind is a desolate, shattered landscape of mud.  So when looking through the photographs of this battle here on the blog, and in the exhibition, it may be puzzling that some depict this morass with men and horses up to their waists in mud, yet many others show a rather dry and dusty landscape.  The …

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