• With the 7th Light Horse at Nalin

    Friday 2 March 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    The war diaries for the Light Horse have gone online and I have been madly scanning the pages for references to Lambert's travels during 1918 and 1919. Lambert was accompanied by experienced Light Horse officers and fortunately there are a couple of references to him in the diaries. Lambert stayed with the 7th Light Horse Regiment for 5 days from 18 to 22 February when they were stationed along the front line at Nalin. Most interesting …

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  • George Lambert and 'Windamere'

    Thursday 8 February 2007 by Janda Gooding.

    Windamere, Cobbitty Lenore Heath who works in the Photographs section at the Memorial has an interesting link to George Lambert. Lenore's grandparents, Ben and Alice Heath, owned the guesthouse 'Windamere' where Lambert died in May 1930. Ben was born in Slough, England in 1887 and migrated first to New Zealand and then Australia, settling in Sydney. He married Alice Ward in 1915 and shortly after enlisted in the …

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  • Double trouble

    Wednesday 13 December 2006 by Sharon Alcock.

    Exciting things don't happen every day in the Memorial's Painted Surfaces Lab. For us, work on the Lambert exhibition mostly involves framing and glazing issues. The frames were originally covered in bronze leaf, but sometime later, probably in the 1960s, many of them were spray painted with nitro-cellulose based gold paint. Some of the mouldings on the frames have also been damaged or are missing. Our job is to remove the gold paint, …

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  • 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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