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Sgt Dave Morley
A NEW exhibition of recently discovered
photographs of World War I diggers was
launched at the Australian War Memorial
on November 2 by prominent business-
man Kerry Stokes.
The exhibition, titled Remember Me:
the lost diggers of Vignacourt, features 74
photographs hand printed in the AWM's
darkrooms from 800 of the original glass
The negatives were rediscovered in
2011 after sitting undisturbed for more
than 90 years in the attic of a farmhouse
in the French village.
They were taken by an enterpris-
ing husband-and-wife team, Louis and
Antoinette Thuillier, who had set up a
makeshift studio in their stable yard, just
off Vignacourt's main street.
Mr Stokes, well-known for his dona-
tions of Victoria Cross medals to the
AWM, said Vignacourt was "a day's
march from hell".
"The flash of the camera was replaced
by the flash of a cannon the next day, so
many of these photos never came home,"
"This collection provides an extraor-
dinary snapshot of a moment in time, in
our country's life, and in the lives of those
who served our country in a distant land.
"Let's now try as a national objective
to put a name to as many of these brave
men as possible -- to reunite them with
their families and resurrect their legacy."
The photos will be on display at the AWM until
July 31 next year and can be viewed on the
website at www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/
Long forgotten photos
now displayed at AWM
History: Recently discovered images show Australian troops in Vignacourt,
France, during WWI.
Photos provided by the Australian War Memorial
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Cpl Nick Wiseman
CYCLONES in the Top-End
are part of every wet season and
every soldier posted there quickly
learns what to do, but what
happens to a unit mascot during
one of nature's wildest storms?
The answer is behind bars.
The impressive wedge-tail
eagle Courage, from 2 Cav Regt,
is marched into the cells when
rough weather lashes Darwin.
Long-term handler WO2
Shaun Gibbons has rewritten the
book on how the much-loved
mascot is looked after.
WO2 Gibbons said although
the bird's enclosure was cyclone
proof, it didn't have enough cover
from the elements.
"As our cells are not used in
the traditional sense we now use
them if a cyclone comes in to
protect Courage," he said.
"A handler stays with him to
make sure he's all right and has
adequate food and water."
Previously during cyclone
seasons Courage would head back
to his other home at the Territory
Wildlife Park but now due to
WO2 Gibbons' hard work there
are more handlers available to
ensure Courage can stay at the
WO2 Gibbons said he and
other handlers often came in
on the weekends to maintain
"He's a big eagle and needs
constant exercise," he said.
It is believed that WO2
Courage could be the Army's
highest ranking and longest
serving mascot, having enlisted
2 Cav mascot does his time behind bars
Gaol beak: Courage the 2 Cav Regt mascot is marched into the unit cells for his own protection during
rough weather. Inset, Handler Tpr Mark Antonello keeps the wedge-tail eagle company during a stint in
the lock up.
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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