Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-16Wk-12

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Odd Ball

Week 12, 2016

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Went for a drive this afternoon and…ANZAC_9259

found some carved statues.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-12

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-16Wk-7

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Odd Ball

Week 7, 2016

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Wouldn’t this be great…
ANZAC_8495Ba free tour of Europe and Great Britain?

ANZAC_8495AUntil you see the Big Picture!.

Last week I visited the

Spirit of ANZAC

Centenary Experience

at Melbourne’s Exhibition Centre.

Locally known as Jeff’s Shed after the Premier who

organised its construction in the early 1990s.

This was a great exhibition focusing on World War 1,

and to a lessor degree subsequent wars Australia,

or the ANZACs have been involved in.

After receiving an iPod and headphones each time

a new section was entered appropriate commentary

would commence.

The exhibition is travelling around Australia

culminating in Sydney in June next 2017.

Click this  link to see if it is coming to a city near you

Allow a couple of hours to view it (slowly).

Sponsored by

The Victorian Government and Telstra (our major Telco)

this exhibition is free,

although you  are asked to book tickets.

Visitors are allowed to take cameras into the exhibit,

although flash photography is banned.

I was also given permission to by Telstra

use my photos in Social Media.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-7

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ANZAC DAY 2015

ANZAC DAY 2015

Photo opportunities are all over Australia and New Zealand this morning

as we commemorate,

the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

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While the major centres receive a majority of media publicity

it is the rural areas which were settled by

returned soldiers from two World Wars

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It is these same small towns who may have had their

heart and soul ripped out with the death

of well known identities, sportsman and family members.

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This post is in memory of of all the service men and women

who have served our country

and whose home was a small rural centre.

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For those service men and women…

Lest We Forget.

Carlin

 

I would like to visit Courcelette, in France, sometime in the next few years as my Grandfather served on the Western Front and was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal at Courcelette during World War I.

 

W Carlin_Australian9_2inchHowitzerFiring_YpresThis photograph is now in  the public domain – copyright expired…

however, it can be found on the Australian War Memorial Webe Site…

Click this link

The photo was taken in September 1917

on the Western Front (Belgium),  in the Ypres Area, Voormezeele

My maternal grandfather served with the Light Horse at Gallipoli

and I have read part of his diary many, many years ago.

Unfortunately any such memorabilia was not passed on to me.

I searched the Australian War Memorial website this morning

and have not even found his name, let alone service records.

Links to previous ANZAC  Day posts:

ANZAC DAY 2014

ANZAC Day – 2013

ANZAC Day Dawn Services – 2013

World War I Diary Extract – 2013

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Silhouette

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

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On August 5, I paid a visit to Fort and Point Nepean to commemorate

firing the First Shot in World War 1.

silhouette_0148There was oodles of media in tow to cover the event.

We were told that it was to be reported internationally,

but not sure if this occurred.

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silhouette_0340A young soldier is demonstrating how the Pfalz was signalled on that day in 1914.

silhouette_0047Down at Fort Nepean a silhouette of a soldier pushing carts which may have carried explosives.

silhouette_0114I would like to think that these ‘Diggers‘ are honouring the men who fought in all wars

and praying that it never happens again.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Texture

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Texture

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Found some good photos and textures at Fort Nepean last Tuesday.

fort_0084This sign is at the gun emplacement which fired the first shot of World War 1.

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fort_0028Just hope this shell did not contain any…
fort_0029powder as described above.
fort_0031The texture of the bricks and rings was eye-catching even before this challenge.
fort_0032Fascinating to think that these guns were manoeuvred manually with ropes and pulleys…

fort_0030Ausing these rings which are still embedded in the wall.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Letters

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Letters.

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 Last Thursday, April 24th, I was told by a government source (that sounds good doesn’t it?) that there is to be a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the firing of the first allied shot in World War I, later in the year. This is of interest to me as my grandfather was part of the Gun crew which fired across the bow of the German steamer ‘Pfalz” as she tried to escape from Port Phillip Bay only hours after war had been declared in Europe.

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The 1994 article on the left of this photo details how a group of volunteer students uncovered the gun emplacement, that fired this shot along with the gun emplacement from which the first shot of World War II is believed to have been fired.  Both sites had been buried under sand for more than forty years.

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The photo on the right accompanies an article written about the firing of the first shot.  The officer standing in the left of the photo, Lieutenant Charles Morris, gave the order to fire.

About two months ago while listening to my favourite Sunday morning chat show on ABC radio I heard a guest talking about World War I.  After having many school children not believe me when I ascertained my connection with the start of WW I, I quickly tapped out an email and hit send….thinking that it would go into the ether and nothing would come of it.  But I felt better. 🙂

I quickly forgot my actions in favour of a Sunday morning breakfast.  However, about two hours after breakfast I answered a phone call from the grandson of Lieutenant Charles Morris.  One of his friends had heard my email being read by ‘Macca’ (the chat show host), phone calls were made and eventually Charles’ grandson contacted me.  At that stage he did not realise that my grandfather was part of the crew….just that I had an interest in the firing of the first shot.

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The central typed page details how, when, where and why of the morning’s actions and was sent to me by Lieutenant Charles Morris’ grandson.  On ANZAC Day I phoned my auntie and told her of my conversation with the relevant government secretary.  She is eagerly looking forward to the commemoration and told me she would advise her sister and all families involved.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

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ANZAC DAY 2014

ANZAC DAY 2014

Several months ago I had cause to drive back to the Western District of Victoria to Branxholme, a small town not far from where I grew up.  Unless there was some more of the township situated off the main road, Branxholme consists of a typical country store which handles everything from mail to coffee.

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While waiting for the other half of the meeting to arrive I noticed this memorial across the road.

branxholme_0463In all the small towns I have visited I have never seen a memorial like this one.

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Most houses and outbuilding of that era were made of blue-stone pitchers such as these…

branxholme_0465a memorial to all those early settlers who pioneered the way for us today.

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Branxholme, in all likelihood was settled by pioneers who struggled to create roads, communities and a lifestyle no-one would ever dream of these days.

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The Branxholme timeline traces the history of the township, noting its population decline and the establishment of its school, Number 63, when the town’s population was listed as 221 and ‘probably included Condah’ another nearby town.  My home town’s school was numbered 766 which was always thought of as an early school.  Branxholme was established years before my home town if the two numbers are anything to go by.

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Facing the memorial to the early settlers is another memorial those locals who have served in major conflicts around the globe.

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 I could only think of the sacrifices made by Branxholme volunteers in all conflicts and how it has impacted this small district.

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This morning, at Branxholme’s War Memorial, I am sure the gathering would have been as solemn as it was in other centres around Australia and New Zealand.  As well as Turkey (Gallipoli) and townships throughout France reports indicate that many other towns and countries observe ANZAC Day.

I would like to visit Courcelette, in France, sometime in the next few years as my Grandfather served on the Western Front and was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal at Courcelette during World War I.

Links to 2013 ANZAC  Day posts:

ANZAC Day – 2013

ANZAC Day Dawn Services – 2013

World War I Diary Extract – 2013

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