• Gateway to Palestine

    Tuesday 9 January 2007 by Nigel Steel. 1 comments

    Rafa from One-tree Hill by George Lambert ART02693 Exactly 90 years ago, with the capture of Rafa on 9 January 1917, the Egyptian Expeditionary Force arrived in Palestine. The Turkish raid on the Suez Canal in February 1915 had shown the limitations of defending both Egypt and the Canal from its western bank. Beginning with the establishment of a new defensive line 10 km east of the Canal, the British military authorities…

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  • Christmas in Jerusalem

    Friday 22 December 2006 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    Selection of Christmas Cards sent from Palestine 1917 Jerusalem fell to the British and Australians just before Christmas 1917. The historic and religious significance of Jerusalem was not lost on the Australians, with many writing in letters and diaries of their excitement in glimpsing the holy city for the first time. The Official History mentions that within a matter of days of occupying the city, the bazaars, …

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  • Forty Thousand Horsemen

    Thursday 21 December 2006 by Robyn Van-Dyk. 1 comments

    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. Poster Forty Thousand Horsemen Released in 1940, the film’s nationalistic sentiment and dramatisation of Australian …

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  • Chauvel on the taking of Damascus

    Tuesday 28 November 2006 by Robyn Van-Dyk.

    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 …

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  • Captioning contest

    Tuesday 21 November 2006 by Mal Booth. 4 comments

    Your caption here . . . B01618A colleague here recently unearthed this photo from our collection. The caption in our catalogue doesn't really give too much away about it other than that it was taken somewhere in Palestine, probably in 1918 and by the famous photographer Frank Hurley. So, we've decided to run a caption contest. We will publish the best and spend some time thinking up a suitable prize for the winner. The …

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  • The Taking of Damascus

    Tuesday 14 November 2006 by Mal Booth. 2 comments

    Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel by George Lambert ART02734The blog has recently received a number of comments that reveal the entry into Damascus in October 1918 still inspires strong feelings. The question of who was the first to enter the city has been disputed ever since. The evidence now points to the men of Brigadier General L C Wilson's 3rd Light Horse Brigade as being the first troops to enter Damascus in the …

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  • 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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  • 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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