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Darragh Christie, 14 August 2017 · # · · Comment

Where angels fear to tread: Smithy’s baptism of fire


Albatros D.V in combat with a Spad of 23 Squadron, by Terry Jones

Charles Kingsford-Smith became a household name between and after the wars because of his record-breaking Trans-Pacific flights with Charles Ulm and P.G.Taylor, and mysterious disappearance in 1937.

Less known are his experiences as a combat pilot in 1917, where his flying career was forged in the fires of adversity.

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Darragh Christie, 1 August 2017 · # · Comment

Taronga Zoo's 'New Exhibits.'

Screen shot of Great War (1917) film reconstructed by NFSA experts. The protest placards make humorous reference to the Zoo’s use as a strike-breakers camp.

A poem called ‘The New Exhibits’ by R.J. Cassidy was published in the The Worker. It pokes fun at Zoo’s temporary residents – ‘free labourer’s’ being used to break the Great Strike of 1917.

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Darragh Christie, 31 July 2017 · # · Comment

A light on the Hill: The Great Strike, 1917.

Disenchantment with the War and falling living standards led to arguably the greatest industrial unrest in Australia’s History. The National Film and Sound Archive has released footage which includes images of ‘free-labourers’ returning by ferry to their camp at Taronga Zoo, and protesters with placards decrying the use of the zoo as a camp for strike-breakers.

Screen shot of 1917 film reconstructed by National Film & Sound Archive experts https://www.nfsa.gov.au/latest/australias-great-strike-100-years. The protest placards make humorous reference to the strike-breakers residing at Taronga, decrying the Zoo’s use as strike-breakers camp.

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Darragh Christie, 31 July 2017 · # · Comment

Lt. R.S. Phelan downed over 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, and 1 RFC Pilot who was shot down and captured.

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Darragh Christie, 4 May 2017 · # · Comment

HMAS Sydney vs. Zeppelin L43.

Charles Bryant’s 1931 painting depicting the HMAS Sydney a the fight with Zeppelin L43 in the North Sea.

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