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  2. 75 YEARS ON ART AND PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL COLLECTION RELATED TO THE CAMPAIGN IN PORTUGUESE TIMOR – CHARLES BUSH AND KEITH DAVIS A major part of the art and photographs in the Australian War Memorial collection related to the 2nd Independent Company campaign in Portuguese Timor were created by two men who were members of the Australian Military History Section mission that went there in late 1945 and early 1946, namely war artist Charles Bush and photographer Keith Davis. The artistic and photographic contributions of these two men significantly add to the historical archive of the campaign not only by providing visual records of the places where the Doublereds lived and fought but also of some of the Timorese criados and Portuguese deportados who provided such essential support. The mission was guided by Sergeant George Milsom, originally of the 2/40 Battalion, who joined the 2nd Independent Company after escaping from Dutch Timor. THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION TIMOR MISSION Historian William Bradley Horton has recorded the background to the origin of much of the art and photographs in the Australian War Memorial collection related to the 2nd Independent Company campaign in Portuguese Timor. These invaluable resources were created by two men who were members of the Military History Section who went there in late 1945, namely war artist Charles Bush and photographer Keith Davis [1]: CHARLES BUSH – THE ARTIST The Australian War Memorial provides this biography of Charles Bush [2] CASE STUDY OF CHARLES BUSH’S TIMOR ART WORK - HMAS Voyager wrecked and burning at Betano Bay Professional artist, Michael Grant, prepared the following case study of one of Charles Bush’s Timor art works that usefully demonstrates his approach and technique [3]: VALUE OF THE BUSH TIMOR ART WORKS AND DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHS Emily Wubben, in a recent blog post on the AWM website tilted Art of Nation: Insightful 'then and now' comparisons made the following opening statement: ‘The Memorial’s online, interactive exhibition Art of Nation will enable users to compare field sketches by Australia’s First World War official war artists with contemporary digital imagery of the same locations in Google street view. Comparing ‘then and now’ images encourages a ‘spot the difference’ method of analysis, reminiscent of puzzle books in which images are replicated with minor changes to be discovered. These comparisons invite us to delve beyond surface level visual analysis and consider the history of these places’. [4] For the descendants of 2nd Independent Company veterans like myself, the history of the places in Timor depicted by Bush and photographed by Davis is put in a more personal context, in that they portray locations that were familiar to the men of the unit and mentioned in historical accounts. The paintings, drawings and photographs also help present day visitors to Timor-Leste to find and relate to these locations, including particular buildings (where they still exist). Photographic comparisons can be made to assess how much they have changed over 75 years. Bush depicted and Davis photographed a number of these locations including Dili, Same, Hatu-Udo, Fatu-Bessi, Ossu, Mape, Taibessi, Maubisse and Bobonaro. There are 66 art works by Charles Bush in the AWM collection related to the Timor campaign. A small number of them have been digitised and are available for download from the AWM website. None of his paintings are on public display in the Timor component of the Second World War galleries. Access to works of art not on display in the galleries is available by appointment. REFERENCES [1] William Bradley Horton ‘Through the eyes of Australians: the Timor Area in the early postwar period’ Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (Waseda University) No. 12 (March 2009), pp.268-269. https://waseda.repo.nii.ac.jp/?action=repository_action_common... [2] https://www.awm.gov.au/people/P65029/; See also David Keys ‘Bush, Charles William (1919–1989)’ Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, (MUP), 2007 http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bush-charles-william-12272 [3] https://www.awm.gov.au/blog/2016/02/05/hmas-voyager-wrecked-and-burning-betano-bay/; http://www.michaelgrant.com.au/index.html. [4] https://www.awm.gov.au/blog/2017/02/23/art-nation-insightful-then-and-now-comparisons/
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  4. GIdday Peter sorry to take so long but here is a photo of Bob Chalmers,Reckless as he was known.
  5. Hello Peter we are in Perth. I will try your suggestion thanks. I have attached the photo of Dad. Cheers Pam Hinkley
  6. Hi Pam Depending on the state you live in, I would try the Yellow Business Pages and look up Medal Mounting as most of these supply copy medals. I would suggest you ask for "Court Mounting" as the medals are held secure were as "Swing Mounting" the medals as the name suggests swing on the ribbon and are not as secure. We are trying to get a photo of each member of the unit to put in their Bio, is there any one in the family that has a photo of Bill, preferably in uniform, that we can use, please???? Looking forward to hearing from you. Peter
  7. My Dad was a member of the 2/2 unit and I would like to purchase replicas of his medals. We have his original medals and they have been split to give each of his children an original medal. Can anyone direct me to the correct place to purchase these replicas please. Pam Hinkley
  8. Thank you Louis
  9. Hi @Dorothy Bourke, The initial stock of 50 sold like hot cakes! We've ordered some more and are currently awaiting the stock's arrival.
  10. Hi Louis, Thank you for your work for the 2/2nds. I noticed in the new edition of the Courier that doublel diamond pins are available once again. The online store says that the pins are out of stock. Have they all been snapped up so quickly or are we waiting for the site to be updated? My husband, Ed Bourke, served with the double reds and I would like to purchase several pins for our grandchildren. Kind regards Dorothy
  11. HI Belinda,I will ring you soon and catch up on things.Is Shirl still going,and where are you living now.John
  12. WA Safari Marching 1983

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  13. West Australia Safari 1983

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  14. Taken at Surfers Paradise Apr 1943, Jim "Bye Bye" Veal, W "Dum Dum" Williamson, R "Tex" Richards & H "Carl" Marks.

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  15. Hi Peter I too have obtained a photograph of Robert although it would most likely be the same one that John has...that is all i have. I unfortunately do not have any extra information. Hi John Very unexpected to see another family member post. I am Malcolms daughter and if you would like to get in touch I would love to hear from you. You can get in touch any time on 0417862801. Kind Regards Belinda
  16. Taken at Strathpine Camp between Oct 1944 & Apr 1945, Bill "Binatang""Weir & "Tich".

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  17. Taken at Strathpine Camp between Oct 1944 & April 1945 Bob Smith, "Twilight" & Eric "Porky" Davies.

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  18. Taken at Strathpine Camp between Oct 1944 & Apr 1945, Alby Martin, Bob Smith, half shaved & Alf Grachan.

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  19. Taken at Strathpine Camp between Oct 1944 & Apr 1945, Alec Boast, George Smith & Colin Holly.

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  20. Taken at Strathpine Camp between Oct 1944 & April 1945, Bob Smith with Eric "Porky" Davies.

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  21. Taken at Redcliffe 1945 with Jerry, George & Bob Smith.

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  22. Taken at Strathpine Camp between Oct 1944 & Apr 1945, Bill "Binatang" Weir & Eric "Porky" Davies.

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  23. Taken at Strathpine Camp between Oct 1944 & Apr 1945, "Darky" Anderson, Bill "Binatang" Weir, George Smith, Ken "Blue" Jones, Jim Griffin.

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  24. Rabaul Aug 1945 to Feb 1946 More of the Boys, Bob Smith kneeling front row on left

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  25. Rabaul Aug 1945 to Feb 1946 Some of the Boys, Bob Smith, front row kneeling 3rd from left

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  26. Rabaul Aug 1945 to Feb 1946 General Eather & Major G Laidlaw

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  27. Wide Bay New Britain HMAS Manoora 2/2 boarding for Rabaul Aug 1945

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