Pastel on Pastel paper
In the collection of the Turner Family
"The Waler was the nickname for the horse used by the
Australian Light Horse regiments in the early part of the 20th Century.
A contraction of the name 'New South Walers' - from the Australian
colony from where they originated - the horses were a favourite of
the British in India during the 19th Century where their light frame but
strength and stamina and ability to withstand hot and dry conditions
stood them in good stead."
"When Australia declared war on Imperial Germany in August of 1914
as an ally of Britain, the Australian Light Horse were despatched to
Europe as part of the Australian Imperial Force but, along with the rest
of the force, were diverted to Egypt where they were to be used in a
bold plan to remove the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire from the war."
"The Gallipoli campaign which ensued became the first blooding of
the new Australian nation and when that disastrous campaign ended, the
AIF commenced actions in Europe, but the ALH remained in the Middle East
and commenced their advance through the Sinai and Palestine chasing the
Turks back to the Istanbul."
"The image at top left is of a pastel work I created of a Waler and
incorporates the colour patches of five of the Light Horse Regiments
involved in the Charge at Beersheeba, the last great cavalry charge made
my men who were not cavalry! Also included is a faux diary page
of a trooper from the ALH."
'The image at bottom right is
entitled 'The Waler of Beersheba" and is a variation of the theme. This
print is available for sale.
Independent Productions and Aviation Services
is the website of Conway Bown, Australian Army Official War Artist and Aviation
Consultant. Services include portrait painting and other portraiture, aviation
services such as CRM - Crew Resource Management - and Helicopter Underwater
Escape Training - HUET - which may include Emergency Breathing Systems - EBS -
training using Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Devices - HABD - or Helicopter
Emergency Egress Device - HEEDs.
During 2006, Conway Bown deployed to the
Middle East as the Australian Army's Official War Artist, what the US Armed
Forces call Combat Artist. This website features the artwork created during this
project as part of the Australian Army's Official Art Scheme.
For more information on War Art, Combat
Artists, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Emergency Breathing
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