• Christmas in Jerusalem

    Friday 22 December 2006 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    Selection of Christmas Cards sent from Palestine 1917 Jerusalem fell to the British and Australians just before Christmas 1917. The historic and religious significance of Jerusalem was not lost on the Australians, with many writing in letters and diaries of their excitement in glimpsing the holy city for the first time. The Official History mentions that within a matter of days of occupying the city, the bazaars, …

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  • Lawrence of Arabia - a curator's view

    Thursday 21 December 2006 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Well, our little exhibition team did all go to watch Lawrence of Arabia in period costume as planned. There will soon be some very embarassing photos and perhaps some film footage displayed on this blog, so keep an eye out for them. I thought that I'd give you my perspective of the film as the curator of our exhibition. (My apologies, for this is a long post and there are no images!) For me, looking again at this film after spending so …

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  • Forty Thousand Horsemen

    Thursday 21 December 2006 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    The David Lean film Lawrence of Arabia is one of the more famous examples of art contributing to the Lawrence legend. Lesser known is the Australian feature film Forty Thousand Horsemen which can also be considered as significant for its role in legend making, however, for the Australian Light Horse. Poster Forty Thousand Horsemen Released in 1940, the film’s nationalistic sentiment and dramatisation of Australian …

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  • Lawrence of Arabia - the film & our competition

    Monday 11 December 2006 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Before the recent Canberra screening of Lawrence of Arabia, we advised that there would be a competition and that we'd give out details first to the audience for the screenings in Canberra at Electric Shadows cinema. So, as promised, here are the details of the competition. Review the film in 500 words or less by sending in your review as a comment on this blog and we will publish the best entry on the blog. That's all. Mal Read …

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  • Canberra screening of 'Lawrence of Arabia'

    Wednesday 29 November 2006 by Mal Booth.

    Lawrence of Arabia film poster As part of the Evolution Film Festival, Canberra's Electric Shadows cinema will be screening David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia on 2 and 7 December 2006. This 1962 film is largely responsible for Lawrence's enduring image with many people today. We will be going to the Saturday evening screening (the show starts at 7.30 pm but get there early) to hand out some flyers about our …

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  • Chauvel on the taking of Damascus

    Tuesday 28 November 2006 by Robyn Van-Dyk.

    The papers of General Sir Henry George Chauvel are one of the highlights of the Memorial's written collections.  This collection contains numerous correspondence exchanged between “Harry” Chauvel and his family and also includes two spectacular, large leather bound, gold embossed, scrap books created by Lady Chauvel after the war. The volumes document Chauvel’s military engagements during the war and offer an insight into his …

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  • Improved blog images

    Tuesday 21 November 2006 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

    Seven pillars of wisdom, 1926 subscriber's edition We've now adjusted all of the images we have used in the blog so that they will open up to either a catalogue entry from our collection or as a higher resolution image in another window to allow you to see more detail. In earlier posts, you can now see a lot more detail in the images we posted from our copy of Seven pillars of wisdom and the Handbook of the Turkish Army. …

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  • Captioning contest

    Tuesday 21 November 2006 by Mal Booth. 4 comments

    Your caption here . . . B01618A colleague here recently unearthed this photo from our collection. The caption in our catalogue doesn't really give too much away about it other than that it was taken somewhere in Palestine, probably in 1918 and by the famous photographer Frank Hurley. So, we've decided to run a caption contest. We will publish the best and spend some time thinking up a suitable prize for the winner. The …

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  • The Taking of Damascus

    Tuesday 14 November 2006 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

    Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel by George Lambert ART02734The blog has recently received a number of comments that reveal the entry into Damascus in October 1918 still inspires strong feelings. The question of who was the first to enter the city has been disputed ever since. The evidence now points to the men of Brigadier General L C Wilson's 3rd Light Horse Brigade as being the first troops to enter Damascus in the …

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  • Links to service records now available

    Friday 27 October 2006 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

    With the assistance of our colleagues at the National Archives of Australia, readers of this blog can go straight to selected service records using hyperlinks we've provided in the text of our posts. These digitised records allow you to read much more about the background, service experience and fate of some members of the Australian Imperial Force. For example, in an earlier post about our exhibition we mentioned Sgt Charles Reginald …

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