• The Lambert family

    Wednesday 13 December 2006 by Janda Gooding. 1 comments

    'A common family name, but an uncommon family', is how Andrew Motion the biographer of the Lambert family described them. George Lambert was born in St Petersburg of American / British parents, educated in England and spent his teenage years in the outback of Australia before becoming an Australian official war artist. His sons Constant and Maurice were equally accomplished. The elder son, Maurice (1901-1964), became a sculptor and …

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  • The rail journey from Gallipoli to Cairo

    Tuesday 12 December 2006 by Janda Gooding.

    When the Australian Historical Mission left Gallipoli on 10 March 1919 they sailed up to Constantinople (Istanbul) before embarking on a 1500 mile rail journey that would take them across Turkey, Syria, Palestine and Egypt and into Cairo where they dispersed. The rail link through the Taurus Mountains had only been recently opened and was being used to transport Tukish and Allied troops back and forth across Asia Minor. …

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  • Gallipoli wild flowers

    Thursday 7 December 2006 by Janda Gooding.

    Lambert was interested in the small details of the landscape just as much as the grand vistas. By painting studies of the local flowers and bushes he was able to understand more thoroughly the character, form and colours of a particular site. When he arrived on Gallipoli he made notes about the local plants: "The scrub is greenish with nice dead stuff showing grey purple here there. I propose getting a record of the various plants …

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  • Lambert at Tiberias

    Tuesday 7 November 2006 by Janda Gooding. 1 comments

    While he was travelling through Palestine, Lambert would get up early and work all day painting and sketching. This photo by Ossie Coulson was taken near Tiberias in early June 1919 during Lambert's second tour of Palestine. It is most likely that Lambert was painting the sketch Tiberias when the photo was taken. 'Tiberias' 1919, by George Lambert (ART02822) ART02822 'George Lambert sketching at Tiberias' …

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  • Lambert and Charles Bean

    Tuesday 7 November 2006 by Janda Gooding.

    George Lambert ARA at Kosciusko N.S.W c.1925, collection State Library of Victoria Charles Bean had great respect for George Lambert. In his book Gallipoli Mission (1948) Bean described Lambert as 'picturesque', a great mimic and storyteller. For Bean, Lambert "with the golden beard, the hat, the cloak, the spurs, the gait, the laugh and the conviviality of a cavalier" was a great Australian. But equally, Bean respected …

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  • ANZAC biscuits

    Friday 3 November 2006 by Janda Gooding.

    When I first arrived at the War Memorial in February 2005, I started to make these biscuits for the Art Section. Such a simple recipe and steeped with history! Ingredients: 1 cup of plain flour 1 cup of sugar 1 cup of rolled oats 1 cup of shredded coconut 125 gms of butter 1 tablespoon of Golden Syrup 2 tablespoons of hot water salt Grease - or line with baking paper - a baking tray. Preheat the oven to 180 degree C. Combine the dry …

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  • Landscape and memory

    Friday 3 November 2006 by Janda Gooding.

    All of us live with landscape all the time. It surrounds us and is part of our lives. This section looks at some different aspects of art, landscape and how these two things can help shape our memories and our view of the world.  'The last tents at Moascar' 1919, by George Lambert (ART02819) ART02819 Read on

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  • The Gallipoli Mission

    Friday 3 November 2006 by Janda Gooding. 1 comments

    In January 1919 a small group led by Charles Bean left London to travel to Gallipoli. The Australian Historical Mission was comprised of war records section staff, photographers and officers who had served at Gallipoli in 1915. The primary tasks of the mission were to report on the state of the war graves at Gallipoli and for Bean to try and resolve many of the riddles of the 1915 campaign. George Lambert was asked by Bean to go with the…

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  • About

    Thursday 26 October 2006 by Janda Gooding.

    Barada Gorge, looking from Damascus 1918 ART02845We are using this blog to introduce the Australian War Memorial's new exhibition George Lambert: Gallipoli and Palestine landscapes. The exhibition will open at the Memorial on 30 March 2007 and run through until 29 July 2007. After that it will go on an extensive Australian tour. Check out the Tour page for details of the itinerary. Lambert was an Australian official war …

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