Place Africa: Egypt, Frontier, Sinai, Magdhaba
Accession Number ART41046
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 435 x 250 x 550 cm
Object type Diorama
Physical description Figures: painted lead; Background: oil on plywood; plaster over wood and wire armature with tin and wire
Maker Bowles, Leslie
McCubbin, Louis Frederick
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1925-1927
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The Camel Corps, which was formed in January 1916, and comprised former Australian infantrymen and light horse reinforcements as well as New Zealanders and British yeomanry, played a magnificent role in the desert operations. This diorama shows the charge of the 10th Light Horse Regiment. As all the available supplies of water were in the hands of the enemy, allied forces had to capture the wells or withdraw and relinquish the initiative. The light horse, however, saved the situation by galloping down the Turkish positions and winning the day.

The diorama was displayed in the inaugural exhibition of the Australian War Museum 1927 - 1928. The background of the diorama was repainted by George Browning in 1991.