Biography

Birth date: 20 August 1917
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Wyalong
Death date: 05 June 1998
Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Born in Wylong, NSW in 1917, Raymond Boultwood Ewers spent a year as a jackeroo before winning a scholarship to train as a commercial artist at the Working Men's College (now Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) Melbourne, from 1936 to 1940. Ewers was selected by the eminent Australian sculptor Leslie Bowles for a five-year apprenticeship and worked as his assistant on two memorial sculptures: King George V and General Sir John Monash in Melbourne.

Ewers enlisted in the AIF as a sapper in 1941. On the recommendation from Bowles he was transferred to the Military History Section in 1943 and appointed as an official war artist with the rank of lieutenant.

During the early stage of his commission Ewers worked in the Memorial's Melbourne office and in his own studio in Frankston. His primary task was to research and create the sculptural elements of the Second World War dioramas. In 1944 he was sent to New Guinea, and briefly to Borneo in October of 1945, with the job of collecting material for the construction of dioramas. Between 1943 and 1958 Ewers produced 32 dioramas depicting events from the Second World War.

From the late 1940s until the 1960s, Ewers executed commemorative sculptures for the Memorial, 22 of which are held in the art collection, including the impressive Australian Serviceman. Originally commissioned in 1954 for the Hall of Memory, where it was displayed from 1959 to 1993, it is now a feature of the Memorial's sculpture garden.

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Photograph

043622

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, CANBERRA, ACT 1976-03-04. MR MICHAEL SOMARE, PRIME MINISTER OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA, LOOKING AT THE SCULPTURE IN BRONZE, FIGHTER PILOT BY R.B. EWERS, ON THE OCCASION OF HIS VISIT TO THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL. (CANBERRA TIMES COPYRIGHT).

043622

062477

1943-12. VX76415 LIEUTENANT R. B. EWERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

062477

073893

DUMPU, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-18. A PATROL OF 11TH DIVISION CARRIER COMPANY MOVING ALONG SHAGGY RIDGE ON AN EXPEDITION. LEFT TO RIGHT: VX76415 LIEUTENANT R. B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION AT WORK SKETCHING AT HIS EASEL; NX35125 CAPTAIN C. B. WARD, 4TH FIELD REGIMENT (ACTING AS...

073893

073897

SHAGGY RIDGE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-18. TYPICAL FOLIAGE ON THE RIDGE FACED BY A PATROL OF 11TH DIVISION CARRIER COMPANY DURING AN EXPEDITION WITH OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST VX76415 LIEUTENANT R. B. EWERS, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

073897

073898

SHAGGY RIDGE, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-18. PROTHERO 1 VIEWED FROM THE RIDGE. PATROL OF 11TH DIVISION CARRIER COMPANY IS MOVING THROUGH THE AREA DURING AN EXPEDITION WITH OFFCIAL WAR ARTIST VX76415 LIEUTENANT R. B. EWERS, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

073898

073900

SHAGGY RIDGE, RAMU VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-18. TREES ON THE RIDGE WHICH HAVE BEEN BLASTED BY 25 POUNDER GUN FIRE. AN AUSTRALIAN FOXHOLE IS VISIBLE TO THE RIGHT. A PATROL OF 11TH DIVISION CARRIER COMPANY (NOT SHOWN) IS MOVING THROUGH THE AREA DURING AN EXPEDITION WITH OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST VX76415...

073900

073901

SHAGGY RIDGE, RAMU VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-18. VIEW FROM THE RIDGE OVERLOOKING THE VALLEY, WITH PROTHERO 1 TO THE RIGHT. A PATROL FROM 11TH DIVISION CARRIER COMPANY (NOT SHOWN) IS ACCOMPANYING VX76415 LIEUTENANT R. B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, THROUGH THE AREA.

073901

073908

SHAGGY RIDGE, DUMPU VALLEY, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-018. MEMBERS OF A PATROL FROM 11TH DIVISION CARRIER COMPANY WHO HAVE BEEN ACCOMPANYING MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION ON AN EXPEDITION THROUGH THE AREA. LEFT TO RIGHT: VX143928 PRIVATE A. R. ATTWOOD; VX102397 PRIVATE B. SMITH; CAPTAIN WARD,...

073908

071814

ILOLO, NEW GUINEA, 1944-03-30. VX76415 LIEUTENANT R. B. EWERS (1), WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, ATTACHED TO HEADQUARTERS NEW GUINEA FORCE, WITH VX128013 SERGEANT G. J. BROWNING (2) AND THEIR TWELVE CARRIERS PREPARING TO LEAVE ILOLO. ACCOMPANIED BY CORPORAL B. M. ROGERS, THE GROUP TRAVELLED...

071814

072195

NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-03. THE VIEW FROM AN AUSTRALIAN FOX HOLE TOWARDS THE SOUTH OF JAP LADDER CAMP ON THE ROUTE FROM OWERS' CORNER TO NAURO, NOTED BY LIEUTENANT R. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

072195

072209

NAURO SWAMP, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-05. TREES AT THE SWAMP, NOTED BY LIEUTENANT R. EWERS, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

072209

072325

MENARI, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-05. A LEAN-TO THATCHED WITH BANANA LEAVES, CONSTRUCTED AS A SPECIMEN FOR VX76415 LIEUTENANT R. B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

072325

072349

EORA CREEK, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-09. THE EORA CREEK SIGNAL STATION, OPERATED BY THE 23RD LINE SECTION, 18TH LINES OF COMMUNICATION SIGNALS. THE STATION WAS PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE DIRECTION OF VX76415 LIEUTENANT R. B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

072349

072432

KOKODA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-11. A RUBBER PLANTATION PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE DIRECTION OF VX67415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, FOR USE AS REFERENCE MATERIAL.

072432

072433

KOKODA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-11. NATIVE LABOUR WORKING AT A RUBBER PLANTATION REMOVING RUBBER FROM A SETTING TROUGH AFTER IT HAS FORMED IN SOLID SECTION. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS MADE AT THE DIRECTION OF VX67415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION FOR USE AS REFERENCE...

072433

071237

MILNE BAY, PAPUA, 1944-03-04. MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION PICTURED ABOARD THE H.T. TAROONA ON ARRIVAL AT MILNE BAY FROM TOWNSVILLE, QUEENSLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NX191007 LIEUTENANT E.A.D. WATSON (1); SERGEANT G. BROWNING (2); PRIVATE A. RAFTY (3); NX191070 LIEUTENANT H.A. HANKE...

071237

071238

MILNE BAY, PAPUA, 1944-03-04. MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION PICTURED ABOARD THE H.T. TAROONA ON ARRIVAL AT MILNE BAY FROM TOWNSVILLE, QUEENSLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NX191007 LIEUTENANT E.A.D. WATSON (1); SERGEANT G. BROWNING (2); PRIVATE A. RAFTY (3); NX191070 LIEUTENANT H.A. HANKE...

071238

080158

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. GENERAL SCENERY VIEWED FROM THE SUMMIT OF SATTELBERG. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080158

080160

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. THE TRACK DURING THE CLIMB TO THE SUMMIT OF SATTELBERG. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080160

080161

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. TYPICAL SCENERY WITHIN THE AREA. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080161

080162

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. THE COASTLINE NEAR THE SATTELBERG AREA. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080162

080163

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. THE COASTLINE NEAR THE SATTELBERG AREA. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080163

080164

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. THE COASTLINE NEAR THE SATTELBERG AREA. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080164

080165

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. THE COASTLINE NEAR THE SATTELBERG AREA. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080165

080166

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. THE NORTHERN END OF SCARLET BEACH. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080166

080167

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. A TANK OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE GROUP. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080167

080168

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. A TANK OF THE 4TH ARMOURED BRIGADE GROUP. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080168

082199

CAPE RIVER, QLD. 1944-10-26. A BULLOCK'S HEAD DISSECTED BY MEMBERS OF 2/1 FIELD BUTCHERING COMPANY, SHOWING THE BRAINS (LEFT) AND CHEEKS (RIGHT). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- PRIVATE C.J. MCDONALD (1); PTE R. EWERS (2).

082199

107505

Portrait of VX76415 Lieutenant Ray B. Ewers, Official War Artist, Military History Section, Land Headquarters.

107505

107506

Portrait of VX76415 Lieutenant Ray B. Ewers, Official War Artist, Military History Section, Land Headquarters.

107506

135632

CANBERRA, ACT. 1959-05-24. DR C. E. W. BEAN ADDRESSING THE GATHERING DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HALL OF MEMORY AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL. THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL, FIELD MARSHAL SIR WILLIAM SLIM; MR RAYMOND EWERS AND MRS BEAN ARE ALSO SEEN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH.

135632

P02325.015

Melbourne, Vic. c. 1946-04. Preliminary assembly of a diorama depicting the Australian landing at Tarakan, Borneo, in 1945. This diorama, by the artists Vernon Jones and Ray Ewers, was commissioned by the Military History Section and is now in the collection of the Australian War Memorial. Note the...

P02325.015

P02325.016

Melbourne, Vic. c. 1946-04. Preliminary assembly of a diorama depicting Australian troops recovering wounded in New Guinea c. 1943. This diorama, by the artist Ray Ewers, was commissioned by the Military History Section and is now in the collection of the Australian War Memorial. Note the model...

P02325.016

080159

SATTELBERG, NEW GUINEA. 1944-07-06. THE SEA FROM A LOCATION NEAR THE SUMMIT OF SATTELBERG. THE PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN FOR USE BY VX76415 LIEUTENANT R.B. EWERS, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

080159

Art

Naval firefighters

The Flinders Naval Depot staged a mock oil fire to facilitate the artist's accurate rendering of the subject. The artist recalls that they "[lit] a lot of oil and then put it out. It was very kind of them but an awful mess to clean up."

ART26664

Jungle fighter

A bronze sculpture of a jungle fighter, this is a copy of the Drouin War Memorial, by Ray Ewers.

ART26925

Artilleryman

Figure of an artilleryman.

ART27558

Nursing sister

A nursing sister crouched at the head of a soldier laid out on a stretcher, with her hands on the man's head. Commissioned some time after the war, this work was a belated recognition of the important role women played during the war, particularly the nursing service. The model for the nursing...

ART27562

Native stretcher bearers

Six Papuans manipulating an improvised stretcher, with a serviceman patient on it, over rough ground during the Papuan and New Guinea campaigns.

ART27569

Australian soldier of the Vietnam War

An unidentified Australian soldier carrying a Colt M16 A1 rifle (erroneously called 'Armalite').

ART27580

Portrait of a soldier, Gunner J Wigley

Plaster bust of an Australian soldier, Gunner J Wigley.

ART26410

End of trail, Buna

Two soldiers, one on the ground, one standing but taking webbing off, with items of equipment on ground around them. This work relates to the Kokoda track, and the Papuan campaign.

ART26411

Greece

Figure of soldier fully equipped and wearing winter uniform, marching across Greece in winter.

ART26412

Malaria

Bust of a soldier infected by malaria.

ART26413

Vickers gunner

New Guinea during the Borneo campaigns, a soldier leans back in the Kuni grass to hide from Japanese snipers. His gaunt body pulls back to engage the gun, drawing on all his physical strength. Original plaster cast made in 1944, with the bronze edition cast in 1950.

ART26416

Walking wounded

Bronze head of a wounded soldier. The soldier has a patch over his left eye and wears a slouch hat. This piece was cast in bronze in 1959 from a plaster bust made by the artist in 1945.

ART26417

Native girl

A head and shoulders portrait bust of a Papuan girl. This figure has also previously been referred to as "Diara".

ART26418

Commando

Figure of an Australian commando soldier in New Guinea.

ART26419

Opossum gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the face of an opossum. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART93418

Tarakan, Borneo

This diorama depicts the landing at Tarakan, a small island off the east coast of Borneo, which was undertaken by the 26th Brigade Group, a component of the 9th Australian Division, on 1 May 1945. The principle object was to capture the airfield for development and use in future operations on the...

ART41048

Transportation of supplies, Owen Stanley Ranges, 1942: Port Moresby Dock

First in a series of nine small dioramas depicting the transportation of supplies in the Owen Stanley Ranges, Papua, 1942. This work was repainted by Don Evans c. 1980.

ART41050

Transportation of supplies, Owen Stanley Ranges, 1942: Road to Owers' Corner

Second in a series of nine small dioramas depicting the transportation of supplies in the Owen Stanley Ranges, Papua, 1942. This work was repainted by Don Evans c. 1980.

ART41051

Transportation of supplies, Owen Stanley Ranges, 1942: Flying fox, Owers' Corner

Second in a series of nine small dioramas depicting the transportation of supplies in the Owen Stanley Ranges, Papua, 1942. This work was repainted by Don Evans c. 1980.

ART41052

Transportation of supplies, Owen Stanley Ranges, 1942: Mule train at Uberi

This is number four in the series of nine dioramas depicting the transportation of supplies in the Owen Stanley Ranges, Papua, 1942. Repainted by Don Evans c.1980.

ART41053

Transportation of supplies, Owen Stanley Ranges, 1942: Native carriers, Uberi

This is number five in the series of nine dioramas depicting the transportation of supplies in the Owen Stanleys, Papua, 1942.

ART41054

Commando

Bronze of an Australian commando soldier in New Guinea, from plaster made around 1945.

ART91990

Australian serviceman

This statuette is a maquette originally made to assist with raising money for the relocation of Ewers 'Australian serviceman' sculpture from the Hall of Memory to the Memorial grounds, showing Ewers' new plinth design. There was a scheme to sell multiples of these statuettes to the general public...

ART90406

Female Aborigine gargoyle

This gargoyle depicts the face of an Aboriginal woman. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone gargoyle in...

ART90752

Male Aborigine gargoyle

This gargoyle depicts the face of an Aboriginal man. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone gargoyle in...

ART90753

Kangaroo gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the face of a kangaroo. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90754

Wombat gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the face of a wombat. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90755

Bush turkey gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a bush turkey. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ...

ART90756

Frog gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a frog. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90757

Tasmanian Devil gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a Tasmanian Devil. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ...

ART90758

Cockatoo gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an...

ART90759

Mopoke gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a Mopoke. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90760

Carpet snake gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a Carpet Snake. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ...

ART90761

Kookaburra gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a kookaburra. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ...

ART90762

Bearded dragon gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a bearded dragon. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ...

ART90763

Dingo gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a dingo. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90764

Gurnet gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a gurnet. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90765

Emu gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of an emu. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90766

Koala gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a koala. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90767

Platypus gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a platypus. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90768

Frogmouth owl gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a frogmouth owl. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ...

ART90769

Cuscus gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a cuscus. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90770

Swan gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a swan. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90771

Frilled neck lizard gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a frilled neck lizard. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an...

ART90772

Cassowary gargoyle

Plaster made for the stonemason to carve a gargoyle for the Commemorative Courtyard, Australian War Memorial. Cassowaries are a large flightless bird belonging to the "Ratite" family. There are 3 species of which the "Southern Cassowary" is found in North Queensland, Australia. Normally Cassowaries...

ART90773

Mountain devil gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a mountain devil. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ...

ART90774

Eagle gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of an eagle. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90775

Goanna gargoyle

This plaster model for a gargoyle depicts the head of a goanna. The plaster model was created in the studio of William Leslie Bowles in Melbourne with the assistance of sculptor, Ray Ewers. In 1940 and 1941 the plaster cast was used as the template for a stonemason to carve an in-situ sandstone...

ART90776

Australian serviceman

This statuette is the first in a series of a possible edition of 100, which were to be cast for sale through the Australian War Memorial shop. The maquette was originally made to assist in raising funds for the relocation of the 'Australian serviceman' from the Hall of Memory to the grounds of the...

ART90837

Greece

Figure of a soldier fully equipped and wearing winter uniform, marching across Greece in winter.

ART90936

Kokoda trail (pattern)

Figure of a soldier in uniform, stepping up with left leg. This sculpture was created as a souvenir for sale through the Australian War Memorial. There is a large scale version of this sculpture on permanent display in the Memorial galleries, titled Jungle fighter (ART26925).

ART90971

Airman (pattern)

Figure of an airman in uniform, carrying a parachute. This sculpture was created as a souvenir for sale through the Australian War Memorial. There is a large scale version of this sculpture in the National Collection (ART40997).

ART90972

An Australian infantryman

A sculpture of an Australian infantryman, this is a replica of the sculpture commissioned in 1949 to be presented to the Greek nation. 'An Australian Serviceman in Greece' was presented to the Consul General for Greece in a goodwill ceremony at the AWM on Anzac day of 1950. Ewers was selected by...

ART90979

Native girl

A head and shoulders portrait bust of a Papuan girl. This figure has also previously been referred to as "Diara".

ART91652

Gunner James Wigley

A head and shoulders portrait bust of Gunner James Wigley. This work was cast in bronze in 2000, taken from a plaster cast completed c.1943.

ART91653

Sailor

A sailor from the First World War in unifrom about to blow his Bosun's pipe (or whistle). A Bosun's Mate Blue Rig Class II uniform consists of serge bell bottom trousers with seven horizontal creases, serge jumper, white vest, under collar, full collar (blue with three white stripes around it),...

ART40977

Airman

An airman from the Second World War wearing full flying kit, (flying suit and helmet) and carrying his parachute over his shoulder.

ART40978

Australian serviceman

This sculpture was initially commissioned for the Hall of Memory in 1954. Leslie Bowles died in 1954 and it was originally he who had designed the proposed statuary to be the feature in the Hall of Memory. It was his wish that Ewers complete this work if he were unable to do so. Instead, Ewers was...

ART40995

Fighter pilot

Figure of an airman wearing shorts and carrying a parachute. This sculpture of a fighter pilot was commissioned in late 1948 and cast in 1952. It is a larger version of a statuette, 'Airman' (ART90972) also commissioned in 1948 that was cast in multiples and sold to the public.

ART40997

Tobruk

The most bombed town in North Africa during the Second world war, Tobruk ranks with Gallipoli as one of the outstanding names in the annals of Australian military history, for the AIF played the greater part in the holding of this fortress from 10 April to 10 December against German forces that...

ART41035

Film

Ceremonial unveiling of the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial

On the morning of 19 April 1968, the Prime Minister, Right Honourable J G Gorton, MP, unveiled a memorial to the members of the Australian Light Horse, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, the Imperial Camel Corps and the Australian Flying Corps who died in Eygpt, Palestine and Syria during 1916-1918. ...

F10161

Heraldry

ANZAC Medallion : R Kerrigan

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed over it, fern fronds and the engraved...

REL/05888.001

Anzac Commemorative Medal : F P Clune

Bronze medallion struck by the Australian Government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landing at Anzac. It was issued to surviving veterans or their next of kin. Obverse shows Simpson and his donkey, a laurel wreath and 'ANZAC'. Reverse shows the Southern Cross superimposed on a map of...

REL25132

Anzac Medallion : Private R R Shapland, 21 Battalion, AIF

Bronze medallion issued by the Australian government in 1967 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in 1965. The medallion was issued to surviving veterans or their next of kin. It was designed by Raymond Ewers. The medallion is surmounted by a Queen's crown. Obverse shows...

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Anzac Medallion : George Fullard Hamilton

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand, the Southern Cross, fern fronds and the engraved name of the recipient...

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Anzac Medallion lapel badge : C H Livingstone

Circular bronze badge surmounted by the Queen's crown. The obverse shows a portrayal of Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. The reverse has a damaged attachment clip and is engraved with the name of the recipient 'C.H.LIVINGSTONE'....

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ANZAC Medallion : J F Molony

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed over it, fern fronds and the engraved...

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Anzac Medallion : Corporal H A Lord, 8 Battalion, AIF

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed over it, fern fronds and the engraved...

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Anzac medallion lapel badge : Corporal H A Lord, 8 Battalion, AIF

Circular bronze lapel badge surmounted by the Queen's crown. It shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. The reverse is engraved with 'H.A.LORD'.

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Anzac Commemorative Medallion : E E Newell

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. The obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man and the date '1915' above a laurel wreath and the word 'ANZAC'. The reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed over it, fern fronds...

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Anzac Medallion lapel badge : E E Newell

Circular bronze Anzac medallion lapel pin. The obverse is surmounted by a Queen’s crown and shows a portrayal of Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man and the date ‘1915’ above a laurel wreath and the word ‘ANZAC’. The reverse has a brass attachment clip and is engraved with...

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Anzac Commemorative Medallion : S Diamond

Bronze medallion struck by the Australian Government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landing at Anzac. It was issued to surviving veterans or their next of kin. Obverse is surmounted by St Edward's crown and shows Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier, a wreath of gum leaves...

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ANZAC Medallion : S J Heath

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed over it, fern fronds and the engraved...

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Anzac Medallion : Driver E J Messenger, 11 Battalion, AIF

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. The obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man and the date '1915' above a laurel wreath and the word 'ANZAC'. The reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed over it, fern fronds...

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Anzac Medallion : John Simpson

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. Obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man, a laurel wreath, the date '1915' and the word 'ANZAC'. Reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed over it, fern fronds and the engraved...

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ANZAC Commemorative Medal : Chaplain W E Dexter, 1 Australian Division, AIF

Circular bronze medallion surmounted by the Queen's crown. The obverse shows Simpson and his donkey assisting a wounded man and the date '1915' above a laurel wreath and the word 'ANZAC'. The reverse shows a map of Australia and New Zealand with the Southern Cross superimposed over it, fern fronds...

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Hall of Memory, Australian War Memorial, Official Opening Ceremony

Hall of Memory, Australian War Memorial, Official Opening by the Governor General, Field Marshal Sir William Slim KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC, on 24 May 1959.

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date of birth 1917-08-20
Date of death 1998-06-05