• 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • Ottoman prisoner of war beadwork

    Monday 25 June 2007 by Dianne Rutherford. 9 comments

    rel-09785_1.jpg I normally reside in the Research Centre, working with Mal and Robyn, but for the past five months I have been working in the Memorial’s Military Heraldry and Technology section (MHT). MHT's collection includes uniforms, medals, souvenirs, trench art, weaponry, vehicles and other interesting items. Some items from the MHT collection have been selected for display in Lawrence exhibition. Of the items …

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  • Sergeant Yells and his work with Lawrence

    Monday 18 June 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 3 comments

    In September 1914 Charles Reginald Yells, a 24 year old labourer from Kapunda, South Australia enlisted with the AIF. Joining the 9th Light Horse Regiment, he trained at Broadmeadows in Victoria before embarking on the HMAT Karroo for Egypt in February 1915. In July 1915, he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant to teach at the Imperial School of Instruction at Zeitoun, Egypt. He worked as an instructor at the school until assigned for …

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  • Two distinguished Light Horse officers named Donald Cameron

    Monday 18 June 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 2 comments

    Distinguished Service Order Among the literature and sources of the Palestine campaign appear two prominent and highly decorated Light Horse officers by the name of Donald Cameron: Lieutenant Colonel Sir Donald Charles Cameron of the 5th Light Horse Regiment and Lieutenant Colonel Donald Cameron of the 12th Light Horse Regiment. Hailing from rural backgrounds, the two men had similar military career paths. They were both …

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  • Clouds Hill. Why worry?

    Friday 8 June 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Clouds Hill in Dorset Recently, I had one of those marvellous moments of discovery connecting T E Lawrence to C E W Bean . . . well, in a small way. I was researching captions for the exhibition items on loan from various UK institutions when I came across some information about the lintel on the door to Lawrence's Clouds Hill home in Dorset. I had visited Cloud's Hill with Jeremy Wilson in 2006 when I was in the UK …

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  • Surrender at Ziza 28 September, 1918

    Friday 4 May 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk.

    A force of nearly 5,000 from the Turkish Maan garrison was encountered by elements of the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment at Ziza on 29 September 1918. This dramatic painting, Ziza by H. Septimus Power, depicts the unique event where members the Australian Light Horse for one night shared food and fire with soldiers of the Turkish Army and joined forces with the Turks against Arabs from the Beni Sakhr tribes. H …

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  • Public Lecture by Jeremy Wilson

    Thursday 3 May 2007 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Front cover: “Lawrence of Arabia”, Jeremy Wilson 1989 Jeremy Wilson will be coming out to Canberra for the opening of our exhibition, with support from the British High Commission in Canberra. He will give a public talk in our Telstra Theatre on Sunday, 9 December 2007. Jeremy who wrote Lawrence of Arabia - the Authorised Biography (1989) is recognised as the world's leading scholar on Lawrence. He also wrote the …

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  • Blogging from Gallipoli

    Monday 23 April 2007 by Mal Booth.

    John Lafferty from the Memorial's Information Technology section has taken himself and his trusty camera to Gallipoli on our annual Battlefield Tour. John is a gifted photographer and he is maintaining a blog from the tour while they are all in Gallipoli. You can find the Gallipoli Battlefield Tour blog here. The Dardanelles campaign is not covered by our exhibition, but both Lawrence and the Light Horse were involved.  …

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