Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey
ID numberART27646
Collection typeArt
TitleField Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey
Measurementoverall: 102.1 cm x 76.7 cm
Object typePainting
MakerDargie, William
Place madeAustralia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made1969
Physical descriptionoil on canvas
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionFormal portrait of General Sir Thomas Blamey, CB, CMG, DSO, Deputy Commander in Chief Middle East Forces and General Commanding AIF. Blamey was a former school teacher who turned to the Army and rose to become Australia's only Field Marshal. During the Second World War, Blamey was appointed to command the 6th Division. Returning to Australia in 1942 he became Commander-in-Chief, Australian Military Forces and Commander Allied Land Forces in the South West Pacific. Blamey retired in 1945 but in May 1951, shortly before his death, was recalled to the active list and created Field Marshal.