6c CH Currey Award SLNSW

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1 OCTOBER 1918

Exploits of the Billjim – 1916 to 1918
(24iii, 15m 33s, 98.9Mb)

Share: http://youtu.be/Ny2AXVIrdSs


Submitted our application to the State Library of New South Wales for the CH Currey Memorial Fellowship Award – the Billjim mean nothing to them…
Doesn’t look like we have much chance as they seem to favour tenured life-time employment academics and professional historians  (even the National War Memorial) who support and profit from the Lawrence of Arabia myth and of course only focus on the Gallopoli retreat.

By Letter & Email to:
CH Currey Memorial Fellowship
State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street|

Address:  PO Box 1 Potts Point NSW 1335
Email:  australiansofarabia@gmail.com

5. Brief title of project:

Australians of Arabia” (AOA)- the Companion Book to the intended TV Documentary for the Centenary Celebrations of WWI.

6. Summary of project

The epochal, but displaced, achievements of the Australian Light Horse in liberating the Middle East from 400 years of occupation by the Ottoman Empire, in fact the greatest and last cavalry victory in modern history.

 7. Further description of project

Full details with links and graphics can be found at:

 8. Relevance of project to collections of State Library of NSW

Will be continuing to utilise the library’s collections and resources on WWI, including:

– Australia. Army. Australian Imperial Force (1914-1921) — History — World War, 1914-1918.
– World War, 1914-1918 — Campaigns — Syria.
– Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935.

9. Research outcomes and results

To correct a travesty in our education system that focuses only on the Gallipoli retreat and the ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ sham, which will worsen with the looming, 2012, 50th anniversary, of David Lean’s film, which doesn’t even mention the uncouth Australians. Indeed, at sunrise, 1st October, 1918 Major Olden and his troops beat Lawrence to Damascus. But no Australians know that, nor what a “Billjim” or “Waler” is.

10. Examples of your writing and research which demonstrate your strengths as a researcher and your use of library and archival collections

• “Australians of Arabia … & Lawrence : a project of Australian descendants who respect the deeds of their ancestors” – the original first monograph, 1998.
Mitchell Library Call #  940.438/3

Civilization Time – a Children’s Book
A community project also developed with my now 7 year old daughter, Tara Hogan. All about highlighting the positives in the contributions of all cultures in the ascent of civilization.
Just Google it for more details or go to:

Mitchell Library Call # 909/ 114
Published [Potts Point, N.S.W.] : Childmade Books, 2009.
Subject Civilization — Juvenile literature.
Time — Juvenile literature.

De Vere Society of Australia
Founder of this Society – full details at: http://deveresocietyaustralia.wordpress.com

11. Has this project been commenced?

Yes  – development of the project began in 1997.

Current state of progress on the project – stuck, desperately needing funding.

 12. Have you applied to any other funding body for this project?

Yes, the Federal Government’s new Anzac Centenary program:

(Suspiciously started straight after our most recent, earlier in 2010, attempt to get government support).
The judgement panel includes former Prime Ministers, Bob Hawke and Malcolm Frazer.
Program does not specify amounts. Will take any amount of money can get.
Applications close 17 September 2010.
Awaiting decision.

13. Will this project be undertaken as part of the requirements for a formal qualification?


(Note all Australian tenured academics, professional historians, institutions (including the National War Memorial) support and profit from the Lawrence of Arabia myth.)

14. Present position

As the man who was/is a whisker away from the Prime Ministership, Tony Abbott, noted in his Election campaign, “we all know there is discrimination of the over 50s in this country”.

 15. Education and research record

(Just Google us baby!)

 16. References

• The ultimate recognition came when The National Library of Australia requested twice to archive our work – PANDORA ref. 44031 :

From: “Helen Halfpenny” hhalfpen@sl.nsw.gov.au
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 2004
Subject: Peter Hogan Website – 2nd request for permission to archive website

Dear Mr Hogan,

On 7/9/2004 I sent the attached email message seeking permission to include Peter Hogan website in the PANDORA Archive, the Australian national collection of online publications…

The State Library of NSW is committed to preserving selected electronic publications and websites of lasting cultural value for long-term access by the Australian community. Only a relatively small number of online publications are assessed as being significant enough for PANDORA and we would be grateful if you would allow us to include yours…

…There are some benefits to you as a publisher in having your publication archived by the Library. If you grant us a copyright licence, the necessary preservation action will be undertaken to keep your publication accessible as hardware and software changes over time. The Library will catalogue your publication and add the record to the National Bibliographic Database (a database of catalogue records shared by over 1,100 Australian libraries), as well as to our own online catalogue. This will increase awareness of your publication among researchers using libraries…

Yours sincerely
Helen Halfpenny,
Senior Library Technician,
Collection Services

– – –

• Estelle Muspratt, Assistant Director, Anzac Centenary Taskforce, 133 254 anzaccentenary@dva.gov.au
• Warren Snowdon, Minister Veterans’ Affairs, 6277 7820, Warren.Snowdon.MP@aph.gov.au
• Don Rowe OAM, State President NSW RSL, ANZAC House 245 Castlereagh St Sydney (02) 9264 8188 – statsec@rslnsw.com.au
• Major General Bill Crews AO, National President of the RSL, GPO Box 303 Canberra ACT 2601(02) 6248 7199 nhqadmin@rsl.org.au
• Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Cruden Farm Langwarrin VIC 3910


I have read the conditions relating to the CH Currey Fellowship. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge, all the information in this application is correct. If my application is successful, I agree to abide by the conditions for appointment as the CH Currey Fellow at the State Library of NSW.


Peter Hogan

Date:             14 September 2010


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