Light Horse myths debunked at Museum talk

02 October 2015

A century on from the Battle of Beersheba, many myths still surround the Australian Light Horse.

Captain Adele Catts Museum Manager, Army Museum South Queensland, will be putting some of these myths to rest at this month’s Curator Conversation ‘More than Beersheba’ at Cobb+Co Museum on Wednesday 7 October from 2pm.

“Light Horse is a topic that still fascinates many, even one hundred years on, so it is important that we get the details right and give a true depiction of what happened during that time in our history,” Captain Catts said.

Captain Catts, who is also a teacher, is frustrated by one particular myth that continues to pop up, even in the classroom.

“I came across the myth that all Australian Army horses were shot after First World War in a handwriting text book.

“I encouraged the children in my class to write to the publisher to highlight the error and the publisher promised to correct the details for next year’s edition, but it still seems to be accepted as fact.”

Through her extensive research and in her role as former Curator of 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (QMI) Museum, Captain Catts has gained significant insight into the experiences of the men and horses of the Australian Army during WW1.

“I have a personal interest as my grandfather served with the 12th Light Horse Regiment of Northern New South Wales in both Gallipoli and Beersheba.”

“I want to talk about ‘More than Beersheba’ because there is such a larger story of WW1 to be told,” Captain Catts said.

“I think the fascination continues today because the men who fought for our country were ordinary citizens; they volunteered and were forced to live off the land.

“They did it well and they did us proud.”

Curator Conversation: More than Beersheba with Captain Adele Catts is on Wednesday 7 October at 2pm at Cobb+Co Museum. 

Find out more at www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or by calling 07 4659 4900.

Cobb+Co Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, located in Lindsay Street, Toowoomba. The Museum is open daily 10am – 4pm, except Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day. Thanks to Toowoomba Regional Council; entry is free to all council residents on presentation of proof of address.

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