• A Gallipoli Camera

    Friday 29 June 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments

    REL/21582 the camera used by Wilfred Kent-Hughes My name is Isobel White and I am a work experience student from Alfred Deakin High. As part of my week at the War Memorial I have been asked to research an item, an old Kodak camera used in World War 1 by Wilfrid Selwyn Kent Hughes. Wilfred Kent-Hughes B01041 The camera is a Kodak Vest Pocket.  It was originally made around 1912 and it was used by the …

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  • The butcher and the grocer: A Western Front story.

    Friday 28 August 2009 by Craig Blanch. 12 comments

    Walter 'Wally' Brown

    This blog post has been revised and updated – please seewww.awm.gov.au/blog/2015/11/04/butcher-and-merchant-western-front-story The Western Front was epitomised by the brute force of men against machine and each other. Tens of thousands were lost in the maelstrom of war. Inthe horror, friendships were forged that endured even through death.This is the story of one such friendship... Wally Brown was a grocer. He did not necessarily want…

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  • SBS to feature Beersheba on the news tonight

    Tuesday 29 April 2008 by Mal Booth.

    I realise this is short notice, but we just filmed a short segment on the charge at Beersheba (31 October 1917) in the exhibition this afternoon. It should run on SBS World News Australia, from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. It is being run in conjunction with a story about the dedication of the new Australian Light Horse Memorial at Beersheba by the Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Australian Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery in …

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  • Images of the Light Horse (1)

    Friday 18 April 2008 by Mal Booth. 7 comments

    My colleague Robyn Van Dyk and I have probably taken well over 1,200 people on guided tours of the Memorial's current special exhibition Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse. As ANZAC Day 2008 approaches it is interesting to reflect on which Light Horse images have  resonated most profoundly with our visitors. This week, I also took some veterans from the Vietnam War through the exhibition. They had served in the battle for Fire …

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  • New publication on the Light Horse

    Friday 7 March 2008 by Mal Booth. 1 comments

    A Thousand Miles of Battles, by Ian Jones Ian Jones' revised edition of "A Thousand Miles of Battles" is now available from our shop (here). It was first published in 1987, but last year a new revised edition was released by ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland) Inc. Ian wrote and co-produced the film The Lighthorsemen and there is an excellent action shot included in the book (p.115) from the film's scene …

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  • 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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  • More on the Shellal Mosaic

    Monday 21 January 2008 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    This post is a further comment regarding Emily Robertson's post on the Shellal Mosaic. When researching for the exhibition I came across some references to the mosaic in the collection of papers of General Sir Henry George Chauvel. In a letter to his wife on 3 May 1917 he mentions some damage done to the mosaic by Turkish forces and that he had contacted the Director of Antiquities to remove it. The letter was transcribed into Lady …

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  • The Shellal Mosaic

    Wednesday 9 January 2008 by Mal Booth. 4 comments

    This blog post was written by Emily Robertson, a post-graduate student from the Australian National University who briefly worked at the Memorial as an intern in our Art section. During the second battle of Gaza, on 17 April 1917, a group of Australian signallers led by Corporal (later Sergeant) Ernest Lovell-Shore discovered a mosaic that had been partially uncovered by Turkish troops, who had built a trench on a mound in the Wadi …

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  • More on Beersheba - film clip

    Wednesday 14 November 2007 by Mal Booth.

    A colleague here has recently alerted me to this online clip of the charge at Beersheba as recreated for the film Forty Thousand Horsemen. You can view a three minute clip here courtesy of the new site australianscreen. We will be screening the whole film at 2 pm on 8 December 2007 in our Telstra Theatre, introduced by Susanne Chauvel Carlsson, Toowoomba author and daughter of Australian pioneer film maker, Charles Chauvel. Read …

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  • The charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba

    Tuesday 30 October 2007 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 2 comments

    The battle of Beersheba took place on 31 October 1917 as part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. The final phase of this all day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the …

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