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Bernard, 2 April 2017 · # · · Comment

Mosman and Artists of the Great War

Visiting Canberra? Those with an interest in Mosman’s connections with WWI are well served by the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition, Artists of the Great War.

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Darragh Christie, 8 October 2016 · # · · Comment

Viewing the monkey enclosure: perspectives left and right

Strike-breakers at Taronga Zoo viewing the monkey enclosure, 1917. Their tents can be seen in the trees behind them. Stanley R. Beer Studio (National Library of Australia)

Photographs of strike-breakers at Taronga Zoo and a digitised image of a letter written by a Mosman mother enquiring about her son, give us a glimpse into Australian society in the early 20th century.

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Darragh Christie, 19 July 2016 · # · · Comment

Cobbers remembered: The Battle of Fromelles, 19 July 1916

The body of an Australian soldier killed in the German 2nd line, photographed by Hauptmann Eckart, intelligence officer of the 6th Bavarian Division. Image: AWM A01566

Stammering scores of German machine-guns spluttered violently, drowning the noise of the cannonade. The air was thick with bullets, swishing in a flat, criss-crossed lattice of death … The bullets skimmed low, from knee to groin, riddling the tumbling bodies before they touched the ground. Hundreds were mown down in the flicker of an eyelid, like great rows of teeth knocked from a comb … Men were cut in two by streams of bullets [that] swept like whirling knives … It was the Charge of the Light Brigade once more, but more terrible, more hopeless – magnificent, but not war – a valley of death filled by somebody’s blunder.

Private Jimmy Downing, 57th Battalion

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Darragh Christie, 26 June 2016 · # · · Comment [1]

From Raglan Street to RFC: “Bill” Taylor’s call to the skies

I knew immediately this was how I wanted to go to war. I wanted to fly one of these aeroplanes, to get to grips with the enemy without all the sordid complications of war on the ground.

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Darragh Christie, 25 April 2016 · # · · Comment [1]

An audience with the Sphinx: Maj. Gen. Bridges at ANZAC, 25th April, 1915

General William Bridges and his staff watching the manoeuvres of the 1st Australian Division in the desert in Egypt, March 1915. (AWM ART09425)

“Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as though we were making the first step toward disaster.” – Sir William Throsby Bridges (1861-1915)

By the evening of the 25th of April, Australian and New Zealand Divisions clung precariously onto the ridges and spurs around Gaba Tepe (ANZAC Cove.)

The hopes of the 1st A.I.F. of embarking on a grand adventure, and marching through the streets of Constantinople, fell apart shortly after the first waves of enthusiastic volunteers hit the beaches.

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