• The Bartlett brothers from the 10th Light Horse

    Friday 22 February 2008 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

    I received an email today from Charles Kenny of Essex in the UK. He has given me permission to post it here and I've put in some relevant links where I could. Reading about your exhibition, I thought you might be interested in a little known connection. The Bartlett brothers, Stephen and Alfred S., both pearlers of Broome (W.A.), enlisted together in the 10th Light Horse Regiment in May 1915, and embarked from Freemantle on HMAT Anchises…

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  • One that got away

    Friday 24 August 2007 by Mal Booth. 3 comments

    Well, at least something we were not allowed to borrow . . . We did want to bring one of Lawrence's Arab daggers out to show in our exhibition. Two were displayed by the IWM: a gold dagger made for Lawrence in Mecca in 1917 that is now owned by All Souls College, Oxford; and a silver-gilt dagger now owned by Lord and Lady Kennet. I thought that it would be best to try for both and my first negotiation was in London at the home of Lord …

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • General Sir Harold "Hooky" Walker and the AIF

    Thursday 19 April 2007 by Mal Booth.

    Major General Sir Harold Walker, 1918 by James Quinn (ART03349) ART03349This post is a bit of a stretch, but I think the link is there and it is interesting enough, so here it goes. Recently, I have been reading up on the actions of our Light Horse in Palestine, particularly in late 1917 and 1918. This has all been related to the development of the exhibition text or storyline. Earlier, our efforts had concentrated …

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  • Film review posted & Churchill

    Wednesday 28 February 2007 by Mal Booth.

    I've just put up Matthew Gibbs' review of the film Lawrence of Arabia against our call for reviews. You can find it here and it is well worth a read. Matthew is a freelance writer from Sydney with a good knowledge of Lawrence. Churchill's Bodyguard While I'm here, did anyone else catch the appearance by Lawrence in the SBS TV show As It Happened about Churchill's bodyguard on Friday night (23 February 2007)? The …

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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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  • 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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  • 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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