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The Waler


The Waler
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.




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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 Systems (EBS) or Crew Resource Management (CRM), please visit the relevant webpages:

HUET - RHO Aviation

CRM - RHO Aviation

EBS - RHO Aviation

Official War Artist - IPAS.