August 2018 Newsletter

 

A bronze bust of Sir Harry Chauvel has been created and will be on permanent display in the Crypt at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.  As there are no permanent commemorative sculptures of Sir Harry, this is an important development which has been made possible through donors to the Foundation.  Louis Laumen’s inspiration for the sculpture is the W B McInnes painting of Sir Harry, executed in 1938 and now held by the Australian War Memorial.

 

Tax Deductibility for Donations

The Board continues to develop a case for making donations to the Foundation tax deductible.  Achievement of this status has many regulatory hurdles and our revised objectives along with a range of proposed awards and endowments to be offered will strengthen our case. We are working diligently to complete this registration.

 

Coming events (commemorating…)

102 Years since…  The battle of Romani 4-5 August 1916.

103 years since…  The Charge at the Nek 7 August 1915

100 years since…  Entry to Damascus 1 October 1918

 

Look out for:

Commemorative Dinner (November) at Maygar’s Hill Winery

 

Meet the Ambassador

The Foundation was recently delighted to appoint Major General Roger Powell (pictured right) as an Ambassador.  Roger has a wealth of experience in senior leadership positions, with an ongoing influence over domestic and international strategic decision-making. Roger has played key roles for the Australian Government in sensitive strategic and operational appointments, with a particular emphasis in vocational education and training. He has been publicly recognised for his achievements by being made a Member of the Order of Australia and a Florida State University Outstanding Alumnus for his work in the fields of education and training.  Roger has blended his focus over the last decade in both the private and public sectors. He offers his clients executive leadership mentoring and coaching; with an emphasis on conscious reflection, executive team building, business strategy, and innovative problem-solving.

 

Earlier in his professional career, Roger was seconded to the United Nations, filling a senior role in the ongoing stabilisation and peacekeeping efforts in Timor Leste. He contributed significantly to nation building and national security, providing advice to politicians and senior officials in an effort to enhance domestic and international security. Roger has also led a successful multi-national peace stabilisation and nation building initiative in PNG. The role he played was complex and sensitive, involving reconciliation and confidence building, following intrastate conflict.

 

Recent News

As part of their ‘literacy and history studies’, Corryong College teacher Stephen Learmonth explains, year 5/6 are researching and writing about men from the Corryong District ‘who either enlisted in or transferred to the Light Horse during World War I’.  Their plan is for each of the fifty students to write short biographies of their chosen Light Horseman.  Their list is extensive.

 

On 1 August, Chauvel Foundation President Graeme Smith and Board Member Honor Auchinleck were invited to spend two lessons with year 5/6. During lively class discussions, Graeme and Honor were delighted to find that the students had already made considerable progress with collecting information, anecdotes, diaries and photographs.  For some students, this project has given them a wonderful talking point with their grandparents and other family members.

 

This project is a wonderful example of what can be achieved and be promoted to other rural and regional schools. Ideally, those that are encouraged to participate in a like project should be in the years 5-7 age group.

 

Year 5/6 hope to contribute their book to the Chauvel Foundation online anthology.  We hope that they will also publish it in hard copy for the local community.

 

 

 

LTCOL Graeme Smith RFD

President

A model of the bronze bust to be placed at the Shrine

Situation Vacant: Board Secretary

The Board seeks to appoint a Secretary to assist in the maintenance of the Board’s works both for statutory purposes and to record its accomplishments and, prepare correspondence. Ideally, the appointee should have some knowledge of the military and, it would be an advantage if you had an interest in history especially of the Australian Light Horse.  You should have excellent computer and literacy skills that will complement the Foundation’s need to communicate widely. This position is voluntary. The applicant should ideally be in Victoria and be available to attend Board meetings held monthly in Melbourne. Any applicants should apply in writing with details of experience and interest addressed confidentially to: The President, Chauvel Foundation, PO Box 468 Drysdale Vic 3222 or Email to g.smith25@bigpond.com.

Tax Deductibility for Donations

The Board continues to develop a case for making donations to the Foundation tax deductible.  Achievement of this status has many regulatory hurdles and our revised objectives along with a range of proposed awards and endowments to be offered will strengthen our case. We are working diligently to complete this registration.

The Light Horse Anthology

Could you contribute? We now have over forty articles relating to the Light Horse story, including poems, speeches and stories from original and historical sources.  More recent entries have included ‘Midnight the Warhorse’ by Peter Hayden and ‘A visit to the Middle East’ by Philip Powell tracing WW1 commemorative locations and the 'Anzac Trail’.  Read more here….

 

Virtual Museum

We will shortly be beginning a project to develop a virtual museum which will be a companion site to the Anthology.  We will be inviting anybody in possession of historical items that are Light Horse related or with a connection to the Light Horse to provide ‘exhibits’.  There is a need to bring the collected items in a wide number of museums and private collections. The project will be a long-term one and will seek support from many individuals and Corps Associations.

 

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