• A digger’s road to Damascus

    Tuesday 24 October 2006 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    German and Turkish POWs H02980On 19 September 1918 General Sir Edmund Allenby launched his final offensive in Palestine. The attack was a great success and the cavalry swept over the hills towards Megiddo, the ancient Armageddon. Turkish general headquarters was overrun on 20 September and thousands of prisoners were taken. Urban Stanley Billing was a trooper in 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment. A fortnight after the …

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  • Mapping war in the Middle East

    Tuesday 24 October 2006 by Mal Booth.

    A member of the TE Lawrence Studies List posted a pretty useful link today to a site that gives a neat 90 second visual display of who has controlled the Middle East over the course of history. It is all mapped out against a timeline from 3,000 BC, up to the present day. See Maps of War. We thought it was good background, especially to the subjects of our exhibition who were engaged in rolling back the Ottoman Empire. Hopefully we will …

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  • Lawrence’s first meeting with Feisal, 23 October 1916

    Monday 23 October 2006 by Mal Booth.

    Emir Feisal B01764 Ninety years ago, on 23 October 1916, the momentous first encounter took place between Captain TE Lawrence, a relatively junior British intelligence officer from Cairo, and Emir Feisal, the 33 year old third son of Sherif Hussein of Mecca. Earlier that year, in June, Hussein had initiated a revolt of the Arabs living in the Hejaz against Turkish rule. Early operations had gone well, with both Mecca and …

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  • Records of the death of Maygar VC

    Wednesday 11 October 2006 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    Leslie Cecil Maygar VC took over command of the 8th Light Horse Regiment at Gallipoli some weeks Lieutenant Colonel Leslie C. Maygar VC DSO VD A04436after the disastrous charge at the Nek. He led the regiment through the fighting in Sinai in 1916 and at Gaza in the spring of 1917. On 31 October 1917, for the battle of Beersheba, the 8th Light Horse was placed in reserve. Towards the end of the afternoon, around the time …

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  • Handbook of the Turkish Army

    Tuesday 10 October 2006 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    Lawrence worked for the Military Intelligence Department in Cairo as an intelligence officer from December Handbook of the Turkish Army, 1 March 1915 1914 to November 1916. His knowledge of the Middle East gained through his pre-war studies and work as an archaeologist in Syria and Sinai, were put to good use in Cairo gathering and collating intelligence on enemy troops throughout the Turkish Empire and producing maps in …

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  • Viewing the IWM Exhibition - April 2006 (Part One)

    Sunday 8 October 2006 by Mal Booth.

    Imperial War Museum In 2005 we knew the Imperial War Museum was putting together a large exhibition on the whole life of T.E. Lawrence and at one stage we thought it may have been possible to ask for the exhibition to come to Australia after it had finished at the IWM. This of course proved to be impossible due to the large number of loans negotiated especially for the exhibition by the IWM. We decided to run our own …

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  • An Australian Woman in the Desert Campaign

    Friday 6 October 2006 by Mal Booth.

    Rania McPhillamy Rania MacPhillamy, born in 1889, was the daughter of a wealthy squatter from Forbes NSW. In 1915 she trained as a VAD and went to Egypt to help nurse the wounded from Gallipoli. After the death of her sweetheart, Ronnie MacDonald of the 1st Light Horse Regiment,  Rania stayed on in Egypt and formed a remarkable partnership with an older Australian, Mrs Alice Chisholm. Together they set up a canteen for …

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  • More about the blog

    Thursday 28 September 2006 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    If you've managed to subscribe to this blog or if you've been looking at it for a few days since we went live, you'll have noticed that it has not had a lot of content added since Day #1. Chris, our technical developer has been been fixing and improving things, like the link into our museum catalogue for some of the images we will use. Now you can select these images and most will open up in a new window that shows you the museum …

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  • Why is the Memorial doing an exhibition on Lawrence of Arabia?

    Wednesday 20 September 2006 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    More than 70 years after his death, T E Lawrence remains one of the most compelling and intriguing figures of the Twentieth Century. His enigmatic personality, his intimate involvement in the emergence of the modern Middle East and the achievements of his extraordinary life, ranging from the guidance of the Arab revolt through the meticulous writing of Seven pillars of wisdom to the development of high speed air-sea rescue boats for the …

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  • TE Lawrence correspondence in our records

    Wednesday 20 September 2006 by Mal Booth.

    The following interesting exchange between C. E. W. Bean (Australia's Official Historian for the First World War) and TE Lawrence was found a while ago when we started researching our exhibition. It was found in an official record series: AWM 43 'Official History, 1914-18 War, biographical and other research files'. Bean intended to show biographical details (eg. the dates and places of birth and a connection to a town or district to …

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