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Invisible Anzac's feats come to light
Jeff Maynard discovered the lost records of Sir George Hubert Wilkins
(pictured inset) in an Amish barn last year.
Mary Lynn Mather
George Wilkins documented
troops on the Western Front with
Author Jeff Maynard will be in
Canberra this Thursday to discuss his
The Unseen Anzac: How an
enigmatic polar explorer created
Australia's World War I photographs
is the biography of Sir George Hubert
Maynard will speak about his
ongoing research into the life of a man
who spent three years alone in the
Arctic before he joined the troops on
the Western Front.
Official war correspondent Charles
Bean had argued strongly for Australia
to have a dedicated photographer to
tell the Anzac story.
Armed with his bulky glass-plate
camera'' rather than a gun, Wilkins
covered the fighting with the soldiers.
General John Monash called him
the bravest man in my army'' and his
daring exploits were the stuff of
He went over the top'', running
forward to catch the action, often
leading the troops into battle.
Maynard said Wilkins was wounded
nine times and was the only
Australian photographer, from any
war, to receive a combat decoration''.
Once the fighting was done, Wilkins
returned to polar exploration and little
was known about the last 40 years of
his life until Maynard started his
When Wilkins died in 1958, his
diaries and letters were locked away
and his story was shrouded in
Maynard has been chasing it
down'' and his quest to learn more
took him to an Amish barn where he
discovered the lost records.
Last year I found quite a lot of
things that he had collected from the
Western Front,'' Maynard said.
He was an odd character.''
Wilkins held onto everything from
his Zeppelin luggage tags to his
His revealing collection of Anzac
images is housed at the Australian War
Memorial, the venue for Maynard's
presentation. The noon session will
include a great deal of previously
unknown information'' about Wilkins
and his role at the Western Front.
Maynard said he would also be
showing some artefacts and objects
that have never been seen before.
The Unseen Anzac is published
by Scribe and copies will be available
for sale, and signing, after the
30 extra car
Expanded car parking for the busy
Tuggeranong Park and Ride facility
has been launched by Territory and
Municipal Services Minister Shane
The government unveiled 30
additional car parking spaces in an
effort to relieve the high demand
pressure on the existing 58-space
facility on Anketell Street in
"These new spaces will mean more
Tuggeranong residents can make
greater use of this facility, making bus
travel from the region even easier," Mr
Tuggeranong is one of the most
used of the 18 park and ride sites
across the territory.
The simple concept endeavours to
ensure public transport in the ACT can
provide a genuine and convenient
alternative to driving, Mr Rattenbury
"I encourage Tuggeranong residents
to make use of the facility by parking
their car for free and catching a bus for
the rest of their journey," he said.
"This gives patrons a quick and
hassle free trip to Canberra's busy
town centres while saving them money
and the stress of finding a car park in
The extensions at the
[Tuggeranong] facility will be
available to the public for parking
outside of working hours."
Registration is free. Details can
be found at transport.act.gov.au/
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