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Darragh Christie, 31 July 2017 · # · Comment

Great Strike: archived film release

The National Film and Sound Archive has just released footage – in conjunction with an exhibition at the Carriageworks, Sydney – commemorating the Great Strike of 1917. It includes images of strike-breakers returning by ferry to their camp at Taronga Zoo, and protesters with placards decrying the use of Taronga as a camp for strike-breakers.

With more than 90 per cent of Australia’s silent film heritage thought to be lost, it is likely that these censored scenes have vanished forever. But you never know, someone somewhere might have kept this film in a box in their garage or attic. If you know anything about the missing footage, please contact:

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Darragh Christie, 31 July 2017 · # · Comment

3rd Ypres & Passchendaele

Infantry attack in Polygon Wood by Fred Leist (1919) ART02927

July 31, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the 3rd Ypres campaign, culminating in the wasteful Battle of Passchendaele, which claimed the lives of at least 44 volunteers from, or associated with, the local area.

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Darragh Christie, 23 July 2017 · # · Comment

Battle of Pozières, 101

A few days after the disaster at Fromelles, Australian Divisions were thrown into the battle for a small French village called Pozières

Australian official historian Charles Bean wrote that Pozières ridge “is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth.” At least 21 Mosman volunteers fell between the 23rd of July and the 17th of August, 1916

Gibraltar bunker Pozieres (AWM EZ0098)

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Darragh Christie, 25 April 2017 · # · · Comment

Knights of the sky 100 years past

Taylors Sopwith Pup of 66 Squadron, by Mark Postlethwaite.

100 years ago a handful of Royal Flying Corps pilots — including the newly graduated 2nd Lieutenant P.G. Taylor — contested the skies with German hunting squadrons.

The life expectancy of an RFC pilot averaged only about 18 hours in April 1917. Many died because they flew, in the words of ‘Bill’ Taylor, a motley assortment of ‘…appallingly makeshift aeroplanes.’

This is their story…

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Donna, 24 April 2017 · # · Comment

Captain Frederick Reidy Jolley

There is not a lot of information available on Captain Jolley He was born in Melbourne 1813 and had what seems to be a very interesting life. After serving in the Boer War he settled in New Guinea and worked as a planter for the infamous Queen Emma.

Jolley became the British Consul for German New Guinea (Rabaul) and in 1914 was imprisoned at the planation by the Germans. However, it was a short-lived imprisonment as Major F B Heritage of the Tropical Force arranged for his release. Jolley joined the 4th Infantry Battalion and served in France during the First World War.

After the war he returned to New Guinea, had a planation at Kokopo, became deputy Chairman of the Expropriation Board and in 1927 helped establish the Melanesian Company, a plantation and trading business. It was one of his employees, Sumsuma, who started the 1929 Rabaul Strike.

In 1932 Jolley purchased a property ‘Steepleton’ at 13 Silex Road, Mosman, purchased more portions, subdivided and in 1936 engaged architect Clifton D. Leake to design the Art Deco apartments ‘Greentrees Flat’ 11A Silex Road.