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Shrine of Remembrance Exhibition Launch Australia’s Field Marshal: The Leadership of Sir Thomas Blamey

July 21, 2016 Attraction No Comments Email Email

The Shrine of Remembrance is pleased to announce the opening of the special exhibition Australia’s Field Marshal: The Leadership of Sir Thomas Blamey. The exhibition will be officially launched on Tuesday 26 July, 11am in the Shrine of Remembrance Auditorium by Emeritus Professor David Horner AM, with special guest speaker, Mr Ted Blamey, grandson of Sir Thomas Blamey. Second World War veterans who served under Blamey’s command will be attending.

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No Australian military commander has ever shouldered more responsibility, nor so divided public opinion, than Sir Thomas Blamey. Detractors describe him as ruthless, self-seeking and egotistical; they point to personal scandals and the damaged careers of the many capable soldiers who stood in his way. Supporters speak of a man who understood, better than any other Australian leader, the wider nature of war—the political implications of action and inaction, the importance of sea and air power, of logistics, intelligence, and troop training. This exhibition will tell his story and allow visitors to make up their own mind.

Australia’s Field Marshal: The Leadership of Sir Thomas Blamey will be open to the public from 23 July 2016 – 30 July 2017

in the Galleries of Remembrance. Open daily 10am – 5pm, last admission 4.30pm. Entry is by donation.

Quotes about Sir Thomas Blamey:

… a sensual, slothful and doubtful moral character but a tough commander likely to shine like a power-light in an emergency. The best of the local bunch.’
General Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964)
Supreme Commander, Southwest Pacific Area

‘… he possessed a mind cultured far above the average, widely informed, alert and prehensile. He had an infinite capacity for taking pains.’
General Sir John Monash (1865–1931)
Commander, Australian Corps

‘…a slow-thinking churl who hates nothing so much as a soldier.’
Prime Minister Benjamin Chifley (1885–1951)

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