Another visit to the Australian War Memorial and also to the memorials on ANZAC Parade, plus an odd automotive surprise at the very end.
I was heading to the AWM to meet up with @stilgherrian who was wanting to see “Mephisto”. On the way, and whilst waiting to meet up, I spent some time on ANZAC Parade looking at the memorials to services and to specific conflicts.
First up is the Hellenic Memorial for Australian participation in the Greek Campaign of 1941. The Hellenic Memorial is a really striking, and a beautiful piece of art in its own right. I could photograph it all day, and still not capture the sense of it. Don’t be surprised if it turns up in another of these posts sometime down the track. Here’s the best of my attempts yesterday:
(The base of the amphitheater is a mosaic map of the Greek islands, and having that hidden except from certain angles is part of what makes the Hellenic Memorial so challenging to photograph.)
Next up is the Australian Army Memorial. This is also an impressive memorial even if it doesn’t quite offer the same artistic challenge as the Hellenic Memorial. That said, I probably should have spent more time on this one.
The Royal Australian Navy Memorial is aligned with the Australian Army Memorial, but on the opposite side of ANZAC Parade (the Royal Australian Airforce Memorial is further down ANZAC Parade but I didn’t get to it this week).
I’ve seen the RAN Memorial with the water feature running, and then it looks fabulous. Without it… kind of “Meh” to be honest:
Continuing down ANZAC Parade from the AWM brings us to the Korean War Memorial. This is a beautifully, and meaningfully, constructed memorial with each of the steel poles representing an Australian who died in the Korean War, with one pole for each known Australian casualty.
Standing among the steel are bronze statues representing soldiers, sailors, and airmen. If you look closely in the previous photo you might notice a flash of red on the near statue of the soldier. One of the more poignant traditions of the AWM is the placement of poppies next to names on the Roll of Honour to commemorate them. This custom has spread to the exhibits within the AWM and apparently to at least this Memorial on ANZAC Parade:
I’m not sure which version of this photo I prefer, or if there was a better way to crop this. For comparison, here’s the original. Let me know what you would have done with this photo in the comments:
It was at about this point that @Stilgherrian arrived in the area so there’s only one more of the memorials today, which is the Australian Service Nurses National Memorial. I’ve seen this lit up at night and it is beautiful and eerie in that setting. It really does evoke the image of lonely hospital wards far from home and tired, overworked, Australian nurses caring for the sick and wounded under terrible conditions. The glass design is intended to replicate hospital curtains.
Alas, in daylight at least, much of the effect is lost. It also doesn’t help that this memorial is more prone to being damaged than the other memorials, and sometimes that’s clearly visible in photos:
Unfortunately the memorial is indeed damaged at the moment, as shown from these photos of the interior (the design extends to effectively having two curtained beds with a walkway between them).
You may be able to see the fairly intricate scenes of nurses in action on the damaged side, and I hope that the Memorial can be fully repaired to restore the complete image. Should that occur, I intend to come back to get a proper photo of it.
G for George
After meeting Stilgherrian, we headed up into the AWM to check out Mephisto. Along the way I picked up this shot of the “G for George” Lancaster using the hand held night scene setting on the camera:
I may well spend a session at some point paying more attention to George and the other WWII airwar artefacts that form part of the Striking by Night presentation.
This first one I’m including because of the hilariously blurred figure of Stilgherrian in the bottom right hand corner. I’m guessing that’s because the night setting requires a longer exposure, but either way good luck recognising Stilgherrian on the street from that photo:
Hilarity aside I can, if I’m careful, get reasonably crisp photos in low light conditions. This one from the same position (right rear flank) turned out fairly well:
As we were examining Mephisto is seemed that most of the exterior damage was on the left flank, and you can see some of the dents here:
However when we got to the right front, we noticed this above the forward flank machine gun:
Make of that what you will.
World War I Aircraft
The Mephisto is in the ANZAC Hall at the AWM, and close to WWI air war exhibit. There are a number of planes on display here, as well as several models (although I’ll wait on trying to photograph those until I’ve ordered the polarising filter).
This shot of the Albatros D.V (an a variant I think) turned out surprisingly well (especially given some of the failures also on the camera).
This one of the Avro 504K trainer also turned out quite well:
Finally there’s the SE5a that’s suspended over the exhibit, with the Albatros in the background:
That was odd
On the way home I spotted this. I’m assuming that this is a home build because I really can’t see Honda (who are fairly oriented towards speed in their marketing) doing a hood ornament like this themselves:
And… that’s it for the week. As always let me know what you liked, didn’t like, or any suggestions you might have for how I could improve.