Museums and Collections

This list provides an overview of the resources that are on display that relate to Sir Harry and the Light Horse in general with a focus on regional and rural communities. If you are aware of, or indeed if you are a curator of a site that might help bring Sir Harry and the Light Horse deeds to light, please complete our contact form so we can be in touch.

The Australian Army Tank Museum holds a number of significant objects relating to the Australian Light Horse era. From the Boer War, the museum has on display several objects which belonged to Major Walter Howard Tunbridge the commander of the 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry contingent to serve in South Africa; this includes a large portrait by Will Longstaff.  Major Tunbridge was in charge of 299 Australians at the Elands River siege where they fought off 3000 Boers until relieved by General Kitchener after 13 days under intense bombardment.


The museum also has a number of objects from the General Harry Chauvel collection which include the Desert Mounted Corps Standard (DMC); Sir Philip Chetwodes lance on which it flew, the lance was presented to General Chauvel when he took up command on the DMC. Also on display is Chauvels riding crop and an engraved artillery round which was presented to him by a Turkish prisoner.

We hold a considerable number of objects relating to the light horse in the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles Collection. They range from the hat worn by Alex Borthwick at the charge at the Nek; the memorial album prepared by Mr Justice H.B. Higgins following the death of his son at Magdhaba, a copy of the McGrath/Austin history of the 8th Light Horse prepared immediately after the war from the unit War Diary, and relics brought back from France by members of the 13th LH. We also have King’s Banners presented to 8th LH (c. 1904 & 1927), a unit banner sewn/organised by Mrs Chisholm and replica guidons of 8th, 13th and 20th Light Horse. We have a photographic Collection taken/collated by Sapper Murray Gyles, a Corowa boy who was posted to the photographic section in the Middle East so it contains wonderful photos of the light horse.


The Albury Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Club display is rotated to feature particular events. Currently, we have a Noreuil exhibition on display commemorating the part played by the Albury Battery in the Bullecourt which resulted in the naming of the Park in Albury. A Beersheba exhibition at the Club is planned to mark the centenary of the Charge.



Recently the Society placed a plaque on a previously unmarked grave in the Armidale Cemetery which they had identified as being that of Trooper David Anderson Cook, who died in Armidale in 1918 after being discharged as medically unfit. He was among the many servicemen who spent some time in the 'Booloominbah' Convalescent Home.  The image here is from 'FRONTLINE New England'.

The Army Museum at South Bandiana has a Light Horse uniform that is part of their small Light Horse display.


To book a time to visit us you will need to book 24 hours in advance.  The Museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between the hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm are the only days that we are open to the public for bookings.


Please call Sharon on 02 60552525 to make a booking.


ALL VISITORS OVER 18 MUST HAVE PHOTO ID or you won’t be allowed on base.

Tenterfield and District Historical Society and Museum

The Tenterfield and District Historical Society and Museum has the General Sir Harry Chauvel gallery in its complex. It tells the story of his participation in the Boer War and his involvement in the subsequent First World War.

The Tenterfield Museum has 38 paintings presented by Miss Lilian Chauvel to the people of Tenterfield. The Museum also has the painting "The Newspaper Boy", donated privately.  These are displayed by rotation in the Gallery.

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