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War end to be remembered

Published: 26 October 2018

War end to be remembered

A series of black and white sketches depicting the exhaustion and endurance, grit and grime of Australian forces on the Western Front are now on display at Logan Art Gallery.

The From the front line: Logan Diggers stories exhibition showcases lithographs from the series Australia at War by Australia’s first official war artist Wil Dyson (1880-1983) alongside stories about the local soldiers who fought in the campaigns depicted.

Ballarat-born Dyson, an Australian illustrator and political cartoonist, was so profoundly moved by the Australian Imperial Force’s (AIF) contribution at Gallipoli that he volunteered to go to the Western Front to create an illustrated record of this time.

He was granted an honorary commission in the AIF and started work during the most severe French winter for decades.

Dyson sketched the Australian soldiers waiting, resting and sleeping during World War I and captured them stumbling out of the line, drained and dazed while displaying both weariness and perseverance.

His works focused on the men serving and he ended up providing the Australian War Memorial with more than 270 works of art.

The exhibition, derived from Dyson’s numerous drawings from the front, has been kindly lent to Logan Art Gallery by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.

The community will be able to join Logan’s Local Heritage Specialist to hear stories about Logan Diggers through Dyson’s lithographic illustrations at a free talk at the gallery from 10.30am on November 7.

City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said the gallery’s display was part of the commemorations planned by Logan City Council for next month’s Remembrance Day.

“It is 100 years this year since World War I finally ended and the centenary of this momentous day will be commemorated at a number of different events across the city,” he said.

Cr Swenson said the community would be able to learn how to make their own poppies for Remembrance Day on November 11.

“We will be holding a poppy making session from 2pm to 3.30pm on November 3 at
Logan North Library.

“Also we will be winding back the clock to 1918 at Mayes Cottage on November 10 to mark the end of the Great War with hand-knitted poppies to be placed for every soldier and nurse who enlisted from the Logan district.

“People will be able to hear the stories of those who served and join in a  sing-a-long of the popular songs of the day between 1pm and 3pm.

Mayes Cottage is located at 20 Mawarra Street, Kingston.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 3412 4147 (weekdays only) or online at loglib.org/mayes

Cr Swenson said the community would have until November 24 to view From the front line: Logan Diggers stories at Logan Art Gallery.

“This exhibition will also share the stories of Logan soldiers from the same era,” he said.

More information about the planned celebrations can be found at logan.qld.gov.au