Monday, April 14, 2014

NSW Lancers

News from The RAHS eNewsletter March Issue 1 includes notice of this event.

Sunday 20 and 27 April 2014 - NSW Lancers Memorial Museum
A 1914 - 1918 Journey with the 1st Light Horse from Parramatta to Gallipoli, Beersheba and Palestine
A special exhibition featuring heritage listed items never before available to the public.

With a retired Lancer as a guide, you will follow the journey taken by men of the then NSW Lancers who enlisted en masse into the 1st Light Horse (AIF). Their service took them to Egypt, Gallipoli and, as part of Chauvel's ANZAC Mounted Division, to Beersheba, Jerusalem and Amman.

Experience something of what it would have been like to have accompanied them, through the personal diaries of Light Horsemen at both Gallipoli and Beersheba, official photos and personal photo albums and sketches, one of which was drawn as the Light Horseman was approaching ANZAC Cove from the sea. Look closely at one of the finest collections of Ottoman Army maps and field documents in Australia, original Light Horse uniforms, saddlery and equipment, early aerial reconnaissance photos and an internationally rare Bergman sub-machine, the forerunner of all sub-machine guns in the world today.

Venue: Lancer Barracks, mainland Australia's oldest, 2 Smith St, Parramatta
Time: 10am to 4pm each day
Cost: $7.50; concession/children  $5; families (2 adult, 2 child) $15
Facilities: Onsite parking; close to railway, bus and ferry; museum shop; toilets
Regrettably site is not wheel chair friendly

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