• 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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  • Viewing the IWM exhibition, Part Two

    Friday 13 July 2007 by Mal Booth.

    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. I must tell you that what I've written below were my impressions, recorded in London over Easter …

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  • Commemoration - Latest news articles

    Friday 13 July 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    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) Last Post sounds again at Passchendaele, but no old comrades are there to hear it.  The Times, 12 July 2007. Hell on Earth: The never before seen colour photographs of the bloody battle of Passchendaele, The Daily Mail, 12 July …

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  • 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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