By Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum
Discover the different ways Norman Lindsay and his brothers were involved in the World War I effort through the Billjims and Brothers exhibition at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum until the end of July.
When War was declared in Australia on August 4, 1914, like all Australians they probably thought it would all be over by Christmas. How their lives were to change over the coming war years.
Norman worked with the government, producing the now famous war recruiting posters which depicted the Germans as ferocious ogres, wreaking havoc and terrible death on the innocent women and children of the conquered countries. The posters were produced to create fear and hatred, encouraging Australian men to enlist and fight to prevent these atrocities happening here. While his posters were strong propaganda material, his cartoons in The Bulletin featuring enlisted soldier Billjim had the remarkable effect of introducing a word to our vocabulary which the soldiers immediately adopted for themselves and it became their identity.
His brother, Reg was the first of the brothers to enlist in the army after previously spending time in the 19th Light Horse. Reg went by ship to the Middle East and then on to France with the Australian Imperial Force. He was a gunner, transferred to the 22nd Field Artillery Brigade, who took part in the Battle of the Somme near Bapaume where he was killed in the field on New Year’s Eve 1916.
Daryl enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on February 28, 1916. Like his brother Reg he had served in the Australian Light Horse for 12 months prior to enlistment. All the Lindsay brothers had a love of horses as many of their paintings demonstrate. He left for France and was later attached as batman to his brother-in-law, Will Dyson, Australia’s first official war artist. Daryl drew many scenes of the trenches and soldiers and was at the front lines in 1916 and 1917 at the Somme, Passchendaele, Villers-Bretonneux and Ypres.
Included in the exhibition are recruitment posters, Bulletin cartoons, photos, war memorabilia and personal effects.
Norman Lindsay Gallery, 14 Norman Lindsay Cres, Faulconbridge, is open from 10am to 4pm seven days. Phone (02) 4751 1067 or click HERE for more details.