The exterior of the
National Gallery of Victoria,
The Home of Australian Art…
..was created using straight lines of various lengths
that created a myriad of geometric shapes.
Lochnagar Crater is…
…is one of approximately…
…twenty such holes created by…
…Brtish forces who tunnelled under German lines…
…and detonated large quantities of explosives.
Lochnagar Crater is the only surviving crater
of the original twenty created during World War 1
And is now owned by the
Friends of Lochnagar Crater
which is based in England
Surrounding the crater are several memorials to
others who served in World War I.
There is a boardwalk around the top
of the crater where visitors can,
for approximately $50 (Australian)
or 25 GBPounds, add a plaque
to commemorate their ancestors
who served on the Somme.
During my 2017 visit to the Western Front Battlefields,
we visited many memorials dedicated to those who
paid the ultimate sacrifice and those listed as missing.
The Thiepval Memorial, on the Somme, was one such
Memorial to French-Anglo Soldiers.
Although only 300 French and 300 British graves
in this French-Anglo memorial,
it set the tone for our few days
on the Western Front.
I could only wonder if there were any of
the 72,000 names inscribed upon the Memorial
watching over their comrades in arms,
as I imagined they may be.
During World War 1 allied forces tunnelled under
the German Army’s lines in France.
When tunnelling was complete, 27 tons of explosives
were placed in the tunnel and detonated.
The resulting blast created Lochnagar Crater,
the only surviving one of twenty or so such craters
on the Western Front battlefields
In 2017 I visited the Western Front Battlefields
in France and Belgium
where my grandfather served during
World War 1.
Serre Road Cemetery No. 2.
In a few weeks, October 3 to be precise,
we are going to be thrown out of gear
for a few days as we go back to
Daylight Savings Time
which will last until then the
1st Sunday of April.
In 1976 I set off on my overseas trip
as was the norm in those days.
I spent a month touring around Great Britain,
before heading over to Canada,
my real destination.
In 2016 we returned to Great Britain,
for a few days, prior to crossing
the English Channel, from Dover,
for our European holiday.
It was not until we were home a few weeks
that I began thinking of going back
where my Grandfather served during World War I.
In late May 2017, I again landed at Heathrow
where I boarded a London bound train to
St Pancras International Station.
At St Pancras, I boarded the Eurostar
for my trip across to France,
disembarking at Lille.
From Lille, it was only a 45-minute
train ride south to Arras.
Fishbait on Point Lonsdale Pier
French farmers are still finding unexploded
ammunition in their paddocks.
These munitions are taken to a depot
outside their town, which is cleared
every two or three weeks.
Shrapnel is also in plentiful supply
Black and White Challenge.
A landscape or the result of landscaping?
Many South West Victorian farms have
changed their landscape from one
which grazed sheep and cattle to one
which grows trees and is far less intensive.
A little over 100 years ago this idyllic
French landscape would have appeared
anything but idyllic as Villers Bretonneux
was in the middle of some of the
heaviest fighting of World War I.
As the sun goes down…
Spring sown canola crop on its way to maturity.
Canola in flower
Saint Kilda Pier
Moorabool Valley eucalypts.
In the distance are
The southern end of
The Great Dividing Range.