Hear the fascinating stories behind new Horse in War exhibition

26 March 2015

Cobb+Co Museum Curator Jeff Powell will present this month’s Curator Conversation on Wednesday 1 April, 2pm.

As the Queensland Museum’s expert in horse-drawn vehicles, Jeff spent months extensively researching the roles that horses played in the First World War and the personal stories of individual soldiers.

“Horses were an integral part of Australia’s war effort and the Darling Downs area was a significant source of horses, riders and drivers for the military”, Jeff said.

“It is the real accounts from soldiers on the ground that have been fascinating to uncover - diaries and photographs of everyday life often reveal details that the official documents don’t capture.

“Some of the stories featured in the exhibition have never been told in a public forum before and only came to light through family members contacting the Museum.”

One such story is that of Esmond Lecchi of the 1st Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance, who served throughout the big Light Horse offences of 1917-1918, was also a keen photographer.

“During his time in Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, Esmond photographed the day to day events of life with the Light Horse, providing a rare insight into life on the ground for the young Australian soldiers” Mr Powell said.

“His evocative photographs truly capture the essence of the Horse in War exhibition – the trust and unshakeable bond between soldier and horse.”

Curator Conversations are held at Cobb+Co Museum on the first Wednesday of each month at 2pm. Admission is free.

The Horse in War exhibition is supported by the Copland Foundation and the Queensland Anzac Centenary project.

Horse in War is on display at Cobb+Co Museum until 5 October 2015. For more information, visit www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au or call 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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