Blog: Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse
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.
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.
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.
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 actions and thoughts. They contain a selection of his letters, hand transcribed by his wife, as well as photographs, maps, field message notes and news cuttings.
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.