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Media Release

 

The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa

 

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17 March 1998

1998 AWM ROAD SHOW HIGHLIGHTS AUSTRALIA’S WAR HISTORY

The Australian War Memorial’s 1998 travelling exhibition program will give many mo re Australians the opportunity to learn about the events and experiences that have shaped our nation, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, said today.

The exhibitions are part of the Federal Government’s commemorative program, Their Service-Our Heritage, which highlights the sacrifice and service of Australians in all wars and conflicts.

"This year’s program will continue to bring the War Memorial’s treasures to the people in our cities, country towns and more remote areas.

"The exhibitions contain a variety of material including artworks, photographs, newsreels and other artifacts.

"Already more than 130,000 Australians have seen the exhibitions and many thousands more will have the chance this year.

"The exhibitions are a fantastic opportunity for Australians, young and old, to learn about the events and personal experiences of the men and women who served our country, and sacrificed so much for the freedom we enjoy today," he said.

The exhibitions currently on the road are:

Still Action: the war photography of Damien Parer - an exhibition covering the Oscar-winning Parer’s work in North Africa, the Middle East and South West Pacific and including video copies of his newsreels;

Impressions: Australians in Vietnam - artworks, photographs, relics, posters and audio/visual materials showing the enduring impact on those who served in the Vietnam war;

Ivor Hele: the heroic figure - a major exhibition of the work of Australia’s longest serving official war artist;

Too Dark for the Light Horse - 64 black and white photographs exploring the contribution of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders to Australia’s defence.

Two new exhibitions will open later this year. Up front -Faces of Australia at War will open at the National Portrait Gallery, Old Parliament House on 26 May, and 1918 will open at the Australian War Memorial on 10 November.

An itinerary of the 1998 Australian War Memorial’s travelling exhibition program is attached.

Contact: Melissa McKerihan Ph: 02 6277 7820 or 0419 607 783

IVOR HELE: THE HEROIC FIGURE

Ivor Hele was the first official war artist appointed in WWII, serving in such diverse battle theatres as North Africa and New Guinea as well as Australia. His success in this appointment led to a further commission in the Korean War with a rank of Major, the highest held by any Australian war artist.

As well as being Australia’s longest serving official war artist, Hele won the Archibald Prize for portraiture five times and was an extremely accomplished figure and landscape painter. His wartime work is the pinnacle of his achievements and carries on the great tradition of George Lambert who set the standard for Australian war art during WWI.

1998 tour

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Geraldton Art Gallery

13/3/98

3/5/98

Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery - Perth

5/6/98

19/7/98

Newcastle Region Art Gallery

8/8/98

20/9/98

Australian War Memorial Special Exhibition Space

29/9/98

5/11/98

Orange Regional Gallery

20/11/98

24/1/99

 

IMPRESSIONS: AUSTRALIANS IN VIETNAM

This exhibition shows the enduring impact the Vietnam War had on those who served, through their personal experiences (enlisted and national servicemen, medical staff and civilians). They include artworks by Ray Beattie, a National servicemen (Image for a dead man) , Dennis Trew, an enlisted sailor who served on HMAS Hobart ( Names from the Book of the Dead) , Trevor Lyons, a Second Lieutenant 2RAR ( Journeys in my head) and Jennifer McDuff whose husband was a National serviceman.

Impressions: Australians in Vietnam also features photographs, relics, posters and audio/visual material. The package includes posters, invitations, educational materials and catalogues.

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Bankstown Town Art Gallery

8/3/98

31/3/98

Tamworth City Gallery

9/4/98

24/5/98

Stanthorpe Art Gallery

17/6/98

16/7/98

Hamil ton Art Gallery

2/10/98

28/10/98

Shepparton Art Gallery

6/11/98

13/12/98

 

STILL ACTION: THE WAR PHOTOGRAPHY OF DAMIEN PARER

This exhibition of 55 framed black and white photographs introduces Parer’s pre-war work and then covers work with Australian servicemen in North Africa and the Middle East between 1940 and 1942 and the South West Pacific from 1942 to his tragic death in 1944. The exhibition also includes video copies of his newreels Kokoda frontline and Frontline at Salamaua.

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Waverley City Gallery

15/2/98

22/3/98

Tamworth City Gallery

4/4/98

30/5/98

Manning Regional Art Gallery - Taree

25/6/98

19/7/98

Logan Art Gallery

1/8/98

28/9/98

Caloola Shire Public Gallery - Gympie

9/10/98

1/11/98

Bundaberg Arts Centre

12/12/98

31/1/99

 

TOO DARK FOR THE LIGHT H ORSE

This exhibition of 64 black and white photographs explores the largely unknown contribution Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders have made to the defence on our nation from the South African War to the Vietnam conflict. The exhibition highlights two families who have made significant contributions over at least four generations, with panels detailing the service history of each.

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Lismore Regional Gallery

5/3/98

6/4/98

Wollongong City Gallery

17/4/98

14/6/98

Australian War Memorial Special Exhibition Space

10/7/98

16/8/98

Chaffey Theatre - Renmark

4/9/98

11/10/98

 

 

 

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