Tong-Way Brothers

Yvonne Horsfield on her family’s Chinese Anzac connections Hedley and Sam [Tong-Way] were committed to showing their loyalty to Australia. Their enlistment was a demonstration of their commitment to their country of birth (Yvonne Horsfield, 2017) Yvonne’s grandfather Hedley Tong-Way and his brother Samuel were one of many Chinese Australians who enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) during World […]

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German Cavalry Saddlebag

Horse Saddlebag, 1914-1918 World War One marked a transitional period in the use of the horse in warfare. Cavalry had limited use after 1914 on the Western Front, where entrenched positions, and extensive barbed wire and machine gun emplacements, prevented their traditional function of breaking up enemy infantry concentrations. After the Boer War (1899-1902) British […]

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A Soldier’s View: Photographs from the Captain Brian O’Sullivan Collection

Our latest exhibition A Soldier’s View features the museum’s collection of photographs kept by Australian soldier, Captain Brian O’Sullivan. Captain O’Sullivan was born in Richmond, Melbourne in 1895. After enrolling in medicine at Melbourne University in 1913, Captain O’Sullivan deferred his study when war broke out in 1914. As an amateur photographer, Captain O’Sullivan captured […]

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