• Images of the Light Horse (1)

    Friday 18 April 2008 by Mal Booth. 7 comments

    My colleague Robyn Van Dyk and I have probably taken well over 1,200 people on guided tours of the Memorial's current special exhibition Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse. As ANZAC Day 2008 approaches it is interesting to reflect on which Light Horse images have  resonated most profoundly with our visitors. This week, I also took some veterans from the Vietnam War through the exhibition. They had served in the battle for Fire …

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  • Curator-led tours of the exhibition

    Friday 4 April 2008 by Mal Booth.

    These tours are advertised elsewhere on our website, but just in case you've not seen them, either Robyn or myself are running tours of the exhibition at 10.45 am on the following dates: 14, 21, 24 and 27 February 5, 10, 12, 19 and 26 March 2, 9, 16, 23, 24* and 30 April 7, 14, 21, and 24 May They usually last around an hour, unless we get carried away. Of course you can always download the audio tour and bring it with you on an MP3 …

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  • Author Talk:

    Monday 17 March 2008 by Robyn Van-Dyk.

    Local historian and biographer Jennifer Horsfield will talk about Rania MacPhillamy, who served as a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) in Egypt and Palestine during the First World War. MacPhillamy helped Alice Chisholm to set up canteens in Port Said, Kantara, Jerusalem, and Rafa, and was awarded an OBE for her work. She was remembered with great affection and admiration by the men of the Australian Light Horse. Sunday, March…

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  • Animals in war

    Wednesday 12 March 2008 by Andrew Gray. 10 comments

    An exhibition on animals in war will open at the Memorial in February 2009. A is for Animals will explore a range of themes relating to animals during times of war. The exhibition will explore stories of the Light Horse; the donkeys, camels, horses and other creatures used to transport soldiers and equipment; the pigeons used to carry messages; the dogs who have located injured soldiers and tracked the enemy, and the many and varied …

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  • New publication on the Light Horse

    Friday 7 March 2008 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    A Thousand Miles of Battles, by Ian Jones Ian Jones' revised edition of "A Thousand Miles of Battles" is now available from our shop (here). It was first published in 1987, but last year a new revised edition was released by ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland) Inc. Ian wrote and co-produced the film The Lighthorsemen and there is an excellent action shot included in the book (p.115) from the film's scene …

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  • The Bartlett brothers from the 10th Light Horse

    Friday 22 February 2008 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

    I received an email today from Charles Kenny of Essex in the UK. He has given me permission to post it here and I've put in some relevant links where I could. Reading about your exhibition, I thought you might be interested in a little known connection. The Bartlett brothers, Stephen and Alfred S., both pearlers of Broome (W.A.), enlisted together in the 10th Light Horse Regiment in May 1915, and embarked from Freemantle on HMAT Anchises…

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  • More exhibition images

    Tuesday 22 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 6 comments

    I now have a better set of images of the exhibition taken by one of our professional photographers, Kerry Alchin. I had thought that I might just replace some of my terribly dark and grainy images, but after talking to our web team, we thought we might upload this new set as a slide show. You can stop the slideshow (by double clicking an image) to view more information or you can look at the previous posts, or even post a question in a …

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  • More on the Shellal Mosaic

    Monday 21 January 2008 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    This post is a further comment regarding Emily Robertson's post on the Shellal Mosaic. When researching for the exhibition I came across some references to the mosaic in the collection of papers of General Sir Henry George Chauvel. In a letter to his wife on 3 May 1917 he mentions some damage done to the mosaic by Turkish forces and that he had contacted the Director of Antiquities to remove it. The letter was transcribed into Lady …

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  • Photos of the exhibition launch

    Tuesday 15 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

      The launch team Beth McGeachy-Blay and her events team made sure that the launch of our exhibition on 6 December 2007 was over the top. She is shown above (third from the right) with members of her team and the two camel mascots she managed to "borrow" from the Australian Army's 26 Transport Squadron in Puckapunyal, with their handlers Privates Arron Daniel (far left) and Michael Francis (far right).   …

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  • Audio tour of the exhibition

    Wednesday 9 January 2008 by Mal Booth.

    In this post we provide an audio tour that you can listen to online or download the podcast. Warning: it is a bit rough! Not the technical quality, just my own voice as we recorded a live tour, so there was no script. It isn't Geraldine Dougue or Peter Ustinov, just me. My thanks to our Sound Engineer Lenny Preston who edited out all the really bad mistakes and some background noise, our Robyn who helped him and our Web Developer, Adam …

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