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WARREN BROWN

"I've always thought of history as being visual, and visiting the Australian War Memorial and seeing the last surviving lifeboat from Gallipoli, it struck me as a very important National Treasure. And if you look at it, it just looks like an enormous rowboat; but you have to think of that boat in its context, and that is at Anzac Cove on the 25th of April 1915. What was going on in that boat? You can imagine all those Australian soldiers packed into that boat and all the gunfire and explosions in the water, and you can see in that boat, that there are big bullet holes punched through the side of it, and the tremendous fear that the soldiers must have had as they rowed slowly toward the beach — there was no motor aboard that boat, it was only going as fast as all those men aboard could row. So that drawing, the illustration that I've made there, I wanted to show the fear, and the horror and the death that was taking place on Anzac Cove; and you can see there soldiers falling into the surf, soldiers washed up on the beach, and it's a very dramatic time and I think that illustration does it well."

 

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