Voices from the Saddle

28 April 2018, 11.00am

it is 1910 and a Troop of Light Horsemen (NSW Lancers) are watering their horses at a creek deep in the Australian bush

Voices from the Saddle brings Lancers from the turn of the twentieth century to life to tell their stories of the earliest years of soldiering in Australia, through readings from their diaries, letters, poems and scrapbooks.
Hear first hand accounts of:
- Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897
- Compare Boer War poems from the mouth of Banjo Patterson, recorded in the diary of the
Lancer who commanded the first Australian soldiers ever to see serious military action,
with the "sanitised" versions taken as Patterson's work today that were "edited" by Angus
and Robertson
- The first successful escape by any British or Colonial soldier from a Boer Prisoner of War
camp in 1900
- The Lancer at the center of Australia's first constitutional crisis in 1903
- The landings at ANZAC Cove and life in the Gallipoli trenches in 1915
- A nightmare route march in Egypt in 1916.............and it was only in training
- The charge at Beersheba in 1917
If you've never seen the Treaty of Versailles which ended WW1 and started WW2, study the Museum's period copy and take the opportunity to read from YOUR soldier ancestor's letters and diaries from the same period, if you wish
- Where? The NSW Lancers Memorial Museum, Lancer Barracks, 2 Smith Street, Parramatta 2150
- When? 28th & 29th April & 12th & 13th May 2018; on each day, 11.00am to 12.45pm & 1.30 to 3.15pm
- Cost: $8; concession, children and National Trust members $6. Entry includes a guided tour of the entire heritage listed Museum collection.
- Bookings: Essential through enquiries@lancers.org.au or on 0439573126
limited parking available on site; adjacent to Parramatta railway station and bus interchange; 10 minute walk from Ferry Terminal

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Getting to: NSW Lancers Memorial Museum

2 Smith Street
Parramatta, NSW 2150

Opening Hours


10:00 to 16:00 (Other opening hours by appointment only)

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