Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne
Accession Number ART27646
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 102.1 cm x 76.7 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Dargie, William
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1969
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

Formal 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.