The British Mark IV Female Tank Serial 4643 commanded by Captain N L Brown, was sent to Australia to assist in raising War Loans. It's first stop was Adelaide in September and after a public naming competition the name 'Grit' was bestowed on the tank by Lady Galway, the wife of the South Australian Governor.

The tank then moved onto Melbourne and was exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Show where it was just as popular as it was in Adelaide. In October the tank was railed to Sydney for display. An admission charge of eleven shillings was made for adults and three pence for children. For the sum of ten pounds ten shillings, a ride around a specially constructed circuit could be purchased and for five pounds five shillings, the tank could be inspected at close hand.

The tank was used in few displays during 1919 and was placed in storage in the Army engineering depot in South Melbourne. It was later transferred to the Australian War Museum. Eventually 'Grit' was moved to Canberra. It was on display in Anzac Hall at the Australian War Memorial until August 2008. The left sponson was removed and will be included in the 1918: Advancing to Victory exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

Photos of 'Grit'

This is a series of images of 'Grit' from the last 90 years as well as an artist's impression of another Mark IV tank.

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    The British Mark IV Female Tank Serial 4643 was sent to Australia to assist in raising War Loans..A04987
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    The British Mark IV Female Tank Serial 4643 was sent to Australia to assist in raising War Loans. A04988
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    The British Mark IV Female Tank Serial 4643 was sent to Australia to assist in raising War Loans.A04989
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    The British Mark IV Female Tank Serial 4643 was sent to Australia to assist in raising War Loans.A04990

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    The British Mark IV Female Tank Serial 4643 was sent to Australia to assist in raising War Loans.A04991
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    The British Mark IV Female Tank Serial 4643 was sent to Australia to assist in raising War Loans.A04992
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    A British Mark IV female tank named Aphrodite going into action near Ypres. Note the churned up state of the battlefield. C00448
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    Unidentified soldiers look on as a mark IV female tank passes through the ruins of Ypres.C01392

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    Three unidentified officers sitting beside the Sanctuary Wood line of a light railway operating company. Behind them lies a wrecked Mark IV female tank.C01399
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    An unidentified British soldier standing at the back of a Mark IV tank, which is covered with a tarpaulin and has had the tracks removed.P03613.008
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    A mark IV Female tank which has been named 'Lady Wingate'. Note that the Lewis machine guns have been removed from the sponsons of this vehicle.P03613.009
  • P04425.001A Mark IV Female tank named 'GRIT', on display in the former Tank Gallery at the Australian War Memorial.P04425.001

  • P05386.001Portrait of Captain (Capt) Norman Lovell Brown (left) standing with his wife, Emma Brown, in front of Australia's first tank, a British Mark IV Female (4643).P05386.001
  • REL35815Brass; Metal trench art in the shape of a British Mark IV Male tank. The tank has been soldered and screwed together. REL35815
  • RELAWM05040.001 In June 1918 this newly maufactured Mark IV Female tank arrived in Australia, from Glasgow. RELAWM05040.001
  • P04425.001A Mark IV Female tank named 'GRIT', on display in the former Tank Gallery at the Australian War Memorial.P04425.001

  • P03613.006 A line of four British Mark IV tanks at a maintenance depot in Palestine in various stages of repair. P03613.006