• General Sir Harold "Hooky" Walker and the AIF

    Thursday 19 April 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Major General Sir Harold Walker, 1918 by James Quinn (ART03349) ART03349This post is a bit of a stretch, but I think the link is there and it is interesting enough, so here it goes. Recently, I have been reading up on the actions of our Light Horse in Palestine, particularly in late 1917 and 1918. This has all been related to the development of the exhibition text or storyline. Earlier, our efforts had concentrated …

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  • Edward Cleaver died from wounds at the charge of Beersheba 31 October 1917

    Friday 13 April 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk.

    Edward Randolph Cleaver - portrait taken in Cairo Edward Randolph Cleaver joined the 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment in August 1914. He was the first man from Sale, Victoria to enlist. He was 29 years of age and a master butcher by trade. He had been a member of the 10th Australian Light Horse since 1910.  On the 1 November 1914, after a couple of months of training at Broadmeadows, he set sail from Albany in …

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  • Photo caption competition - winner!

    Monday 26 March 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    After much time and deliberation the caption competition has finally come to a close! All captions entered were put to the vote of Research Centre staff. By popular vote the winning caption was awarded to Craig Tibbitts. Craig will be recommended for a significant honour for highlighting the main problem inherent in this method of transport. B01618 photograph by Frank Hurley 1918 Winning caption: 'An experimental unit,…

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  • Ion Idriess and the legend of the Light Horse

    Friday 16 March 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 9 comments

    Desert Column - dust jacket of the 1951 2nd edition One of the more significant contributions to the legend of the Light Horse comes from the literature of Ion Idriess. A prolific and well loved author, whose books sold in the millions, Idriess is perhaps most famous for his stories set in the outback and Northern Australia. The Desert Column is based on the diaries that he kept throughout the war. Published in 1932, it …

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  • Film review posted & Churchill

    Wednesday 28 February 2007 by Mal Booth.

    I've just put up Matthew Gibbs' review of the film Lawrence of Arabia against our call for reviews. You can find it here and it is well worth a read. Matthew is a freelance writer from Sydney with a good knowledge of Lawrence. Churchill's Bodyguard While I'm here, did anyone else catch the appearance by Lawrence in the SBS TV show As It Happened about Churchill's bodyguard on Friday night (23 February 2007)? The …

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  • Update on blog & our exhibition

    Tuesday 20 February 2007 by Mal Booth.

    I am sorry that there have been few posts recently. It isn't because we have all been on holiday. This time of year is simply a very busy period for all of us, with many planning and budget deadlines to meet. As well, we are now finalising details for the last couple of loans needed for the Lawrence exhibition and I've been particularly preoccupied by these negotiations. Hopefully, they will lead to an impressive range of historical …

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  • Light Horse unit diaries are now available online

    Wednesday 24 January 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    The Australian Light Horse unit war diaries from the First World War have been digitally scanned in full colour and can now be read online. This marks the start of a project to digitise all of the archival series AWM4 Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries, 1914-18 War. Follow the link above to read our brief description of this scanning project and then go the series note link on this page (over at the National Archives of …

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  • Who are we?

    Thursday 18 January 2007 by Mal Booth.

    At last! Here are the photos from our December 2006 film screening of Lawrence of Arabia. Under these nearly authentic period disguises, our exhibition team is all but revealed. Brad the Light Horseman A Nurse Called Robyn Save Our Souls Susie Nigel of Arabia Mal Not Really of Arabia       So, to explain this rogues' gallery from left to right: on the …

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  • Seeing is believing (more on the taking of Damascus)

    Monday 15 January 2007 by Nigel Steel.

    Damascus from the north east (aerial photograph) B03526The political background to the entry into Damascus is complex and murky. Yet, only by identifying the underlying web of forces involved, can sense be made of what happened as control of the city passed from the Turks to the Allies. It is clear that parts of the 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment were the first troops formally to enter Damascus when they passed …

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  • Gateway to Palestine

    Tuesday 9 January 2007 by Nigel Steel. 1 comments

    Rafa from One-tree Hill by George Lambert ART02693 Exactly 90 years ago, with the capture of Rafa on 9 January 1917, the Egyptian Expeditionary Force arrived in Palestine. The Turkish raid on the Suez Canal in February 1915 had shown the limitations of defending both Egypt and the Canal from its western bank. Beginning with the establishment of a new defensive line 10 km east of the Canal, the British military authorities…

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