Australia's imperishable record

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number ARTV00850
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 95.7 x 64.6 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description lithograph on paper
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Australian First World War recruitment poster. It depicts the Union Jack draped across the top and left portion of the poster, framing a speech given by British General Sir Ian Hamilton at Tenedos, May 1st. 1915. White text stands out against a black background, and red borders are employed on some of the white lettering to create contrast. The extract of the speech reads: 'Speaking out of a full heart, may I be permitted to say how gloriously the Australian and New Zealand contingent have upheld the finest traditions of our race during this struggle still in progress. At first with audacity and dash, since then with sleepless Valour and untiring resource, they have already created for their countries an imperishable record of military virtue.' Hamilton's military career effectively ended after he oversaw, as Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the Mediterranean, the ill-fated landing at the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915.