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Current Exhibition: Atrium and Access Gallery

 

Please note: The main galleries at the John Curtin Gallery are closed for install from 11 May - 4 June, reopening to the public on Friday 5 June. However, during the installation period staff will be in attendance so you can still view Together, 100 years apart in the Atrium and Access Gallery. Follow instructions at the Gallery door.


Together, 100 years apart
11th Battalion A.I.F. on the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Giza
Sunday 10 January 1915

Opening 23 April, 2015
On show 25 March - 15 November, 2015

Together, 100 years apart is presented in honour of all those serving in the 11th Battalion, A.I.F. (Australian Imperial Force) at the start of the First World War. Raised in Western Australia at the beginning of the war, the 11th Battalion formed part of the first contingent of troops to depart Australia in 1914.

This image shows 704 men from the 11th Battalion’s total complement of 1,021, assembled at the Great Pyramid of Khufu on the morning of Sunday 10 January 1915. The pyramids at Giza formed a majestic backdrop for thousands of ANZAC troops at the Mena training camp on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Three months after this photograph was taken, many of these men were amongst the first ANZAC troops to land on the beaches of Gallipoli in the early hours of Sunday 25 April 1915.

Together, 100 years apart commemorates the Centenary of ANZAC and is presented in partnership with WAGS – the Western Australian Genealogical Society, in collaboration with researchers from Curtin University.

WAGS’ 11th Battalion Project seeks to identify as many men in the photo as possible. For more information on the project, including the 237 men already identified, visit www.11btn.wags.org.au

Public Floor Talk:
Wednesday 29 April, 12:30pm
Chris Loudon

The WAGS 11th Battalion A.I.F. Project & Identifying the men on the Great Pyramid of Khufu, Giza
Project Manager, WAGS 11th Battalion Project

Chris Loudon will outline the WAGS 11th Battalion project, debunk the myths surrounding the Khufu photo and look at how it brings us ‘together, 100 years apart”. He will also share some useful resources that can assist you in your own genealogical research.

RSVP via phone: [08] 9266 4155 or email: gallery@curtin.edu.au

For further details on this and other Curtin University ANZAC Centenary Commemorations
please visit: www.johncurtingallery.curtin.edu.au or facebook

Image: The 11th Battalion A.I.F. on the Great Pyramid of Giza, 10 January 1915
Courtesy the State Library of Western Australia, image #4496B, via the Western Australian Genealogical Society.