Images of war in ANZAC Day lead up

Images of war in ANZAC Day lead up

08 Apr 2009

Images of the Australian Horse at war in Palestine during World War 1 feature in an exhibition by La Trobe Master’s student, Susan McMinn in the lead up to Anzac Day. 

Historical records, war diaries, letters poems and oral histories have been influential in the development of the exhibition entitled Hooves & Steel: Warhorse in conflict.

Head of the School of Visual Arts and Design, Dr James McArdle says the works centre on the intersection of the myth, truth and memory surrounding the role of the Australian Horse in Palestine in the war years between 1914 and 1918.

‘Susan has brought together a series of paintings, drawings and animation that seek to reflect the ethos and spirit of the Australian war horse,’ Dr McArdle said.

‘In light of Anzac Day on 25 April, this is an emotive exhibition that presents a historical narrative reflecting the ethos and spirit of the Australian war horse during World War 1.’

Dr McArdle said that Ms McMinn’s recent travel along the Anzac trails gave her a deeper understanding of the land and conditions of the Negev Desert that is evident in the exhibition.

Hooves & Steel: Warhorse in conflict runs at the Phyllis Palmer Gallery until Wednesday 22 April 2009. For more information on the exhibition contact gallery administrator, Ms Chris Wood, on 5444 7917, email or visit




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