I’ll break up the weekly photos if I think any given post is getting too large. Under the cut: more Australian War Memorial from WWII onwards, and the current For Country, for Nation exhibit for the services of indigenous Australians.
For Country, for Nation
That this exhibit exists is a mixed blessing: it is long overdue that the contributions of indigenous Australians be acknowledged and given the respect they deserve. On the other hand, there’s no acknowledgement of the wars against indigenous Australians, or even an admission that they happened. The exhibit directly behind For Country, for Nation is the Australian Colonial Military exhibit and that doesn’t acknowledge it either.
That said, there is a lot of lovely, and moving, artwork on display here. These blown glass bombs remembering Maralinga were quite moving:
One other criticism is that whilst the exhibit has an appropriate disclaimer up, it isn’t visible on entry to the exhibit (it’s almost hidden off to one side).
Speaking of colonial Australia, here’s an interesting model of HMVS Nelson as she appeared around 1870. Judging by the model I’d say that, as originally built in 1814, the Nelson would have been a close sister to Victory.
World War II
Turning to World War II briefly, here’s one of the Italian L3/L4 Tankettes used in the African campaign. This thing is tiny. I swear it’s sitting on a 6″ platform (visible in the photo), and I was still taller than it is.
As I noted at the time:
There are some really nice bronze statues commemorating the Greek campaign in the entry to the WWII hall, this photo really doesn’t do them justice. I may need to try again at some point:
There’s an excellent model of the HMAS Sydney (II) that, unfortunately, is in a case made up of multiple glass plates with extremely visible lines between the plates. I wasn’t able to get a full photo without that line breaking up the image, I’ll have to see if I can work on that. I do quite like this close-up of the Walrus though:
The WWII gallery also has a model of the HMAS Canberra with the same problem:
The Vung Tau Ferry
Along with most of the other exhibits, the post 1945 conflicts galleries have been substantially revamped. I’ll need to visit again at some point to go through these carefully, particularly the AV exhibits that I didn’t sit down to watch as I was wandering through.
I did pick up a few photos of a model of the HMAS Sydney (III), aka “The Vung Tau Ferry” from the Vietnam exhibit.
And that’s it for the weekly photos for 26/02/2017. Here’s the link to Part 1 for the week, and if you have any suggestions for next week, please leave a comment.