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Australian Gallipoli Campaign

Gallipoli Art Prize 2017

All the information needed to apply for entry
can be found on this web page

See past winners

Download the application form

The competition is run in both Australia and Turkey

There is also an interesting illustrated article by Lucy Stranger (which relates to 2015)
in an issue of Artist Profile magazine.

Worth checking out too!

Artists present a diverse range of images - what would you depict?

14th Battalion Colours and Battle Honours

The 14th Battalion Colours and Battle Honours are on display in the foyer of the St. Kilda Town Hall in the City of Port Phillip.

For the Centenary Dinner, we entered the hall adjacent to the foyer through a doorway above which was displayed the Colours of the 14th Battalion AIF.

You can read about the tradition and background of regimental colours here

Battle honours awarded the 14th Battalion are stitched in place

Detailed information courtesy WO1 James (Mac) McCloskey (retd) & Master of Ceremonies Oct. 12

Landing at Anzac
25 April 1915 - 26 April 1915
Awarded for participation in the amphibious assault, landing and consolidation of defensive positions at Anzac Cove.

Sari Bair
06 August 1915 - 10 August 1915
Awarded for operations at Anzac between 6-10 August 1915, including the breakout, the various diversions, and operations conducted in support of the Suvla landing.

23 July 1916 - 03 September 1916
Awarded for operations conducted as part of the 1916 British Somme offensive in the vicinity of the village of Pozières, including the battle of Mouquet Farm.

03 May 1917 - 17 May 1917
Awarded for involvement in the Second Battle of Bullecourt: two weeks of bitter trench fighting which eventually, and at the cost of 2,250 Australian casualties, cleared and held part of the Hindenburg Line.

07 June 1917 - 14 June 1917
Acknowledges participation in the assault on, and occupation of, the Messines Ridge on the Western Front carried out by units of General Plumer's Second Army.

31 July 1917 - 10 November 1917
Awarded to recognise involvement in the Third Battle of Ypres, the two weeks of bitter trench fighting in Flanders in 1917 (known unofficially as the Passchendaele Offensive).

Polygon Wood
26 September 1917 - 03 October 1917
Awarded for participation in the operations to secure strongly defended German positions in the vicinity of Polygon Wood and to consolidate positions on the Menin Road Ridge. Characterised by bitter fighting and fierce German counter-attacks.

04 July 1918 - 04 July 1918
Acknowledges participation in the limited attack mounted around the village of Hamel in July 1918 as part of operations to straighten the Allied line. This honour was awarded exclusively to Australian battalions.

08 August 1918 - 11 August 1918
Awarded for involvement in operations to the east of Amiens that launched the great Allied offensive of 1918. An "all arms battle", the Allies made effective use of infantry, artillery tanks and aircraft, which led to an unprecedented advance and vast numbers of German prisoners.
8 August became known as the “black day of the German Army’

Hindenburg Line
Called the "Siegfried Stellung (Line)" by the Germans, this complex system of defensive fieldworks and mutually supporting fortifications was named the "Hindenburg Line" by the Allies. This withdrawal straightened the German line, reducing its length by 25 miles and releasing 13 Divisions for service in the reserve.

"Jacka's Mob"

Descendants of the 14th Battalion meet to honour their forebears this Sunday October 12 at City of Port Phillip Town Hall

And Service Medals Melbourne a division of Recherché Specialty Picture Framing will make a special presentation to the "Descendants of 14th Battalion Jacka's Mob"  - a tribute frame to the soldier whose heroic service led to his being awarded the first ANZAC Victoria Cross at Gallipoli.


14th Battalion 100 years on

Descendants of the 14th Battalion Jacka's Mob are holding a dinner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the 14th Battalion.

It is 50 years this October after the surviving members of Jacka's Mob held a similar luncheon.

The committee of the Descendants of the 14th Battalion Jacka's mob would be pleased if you joined them in this event which honours the outstanding sacrifice made by the men of the 14th for all Australians.

Please RSVP by October 4



Old photographs of the scene at Gallipoli in 1915

and a moving and informative documentary from the ABC team
which includes interviews with ANZAC & Turkish veterans, archival footage & reconstructions

Watch an excerpt from the program here

Producer: Harvey Broadbent
Presenter: Andrew Olle

Note the silvering of these three photographs - at Recherché Specialty Picture Framing we always recommend displaying a copy in the original frame while storing the originals in a cool. dark and dry environment.


Well Anzac Day for 2013 is over, many medals have been aired, stories have been told, old mates have reminisced, those lost have been remembered widely and families and friends have gathered.
The crowds for the dawn service reached record numbers -

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Thousands gather for Canberra dawn service
Thousands of people have turned out for the Anzac Day dawn service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Read more:
However in this web log we are tracking the development of Recherché's very special and totally unique Limited Edition Centenary set of Victoria Cross recipients.

First off the production floor when all the research is done and the photography - currently being sourced through the National collection at the AWM - is ready, will be the frames set up for those  honoured as we know for valour "in the face of the enemy" at Gallipoli.

The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded and can be awarded to members of the armed forces within the Commonwealth countries or previous British Empire territories.

It is usually presented at an investiture held at Buckingham Palace and can be awarded to a person of any rank or any civilian under military command.


Alexander BURTON   -  William DUNSTAN  -  John HAMILTON

Leonard KEYSOR  -  Alfred SHOUT  -  William SYMONS

Hugo THROSSELL  -    Frederick TUBB     -  Albert JACKA


Be sure to put yourself on the list as a possible purchaser, requests will be honoured in order of registration of interest

Enquire here 61 3 9486 1236 or send an email soon to


Prototypes for the upcoming Recherché Victoria Cross Limited Edition Medal Frames are in progress.

They feature shaped mats cut in the traditional manner of 100 years ago - each designed and cut by experienced specialist picture framer Neville Crawford.

Focussed attention to detail is needed as Crawford shapes the matting, layer by layer and cut by cut in preparation for the inclusion of complete sets of medal groups, archival photographic portraits, archival documents and solid brass name plates ...

Simple tools are used - a steel straight edge and an Olfa knife. 1260 gsm heavyweight Canson conservation board in an Antique White is the board and colour of choice.

These unique prototype frames, with their individual nuances, will be available for sale prior to the completion of the Editioned series.

Be sure to put yourself on the list as a possible purchaser, requests will be honoured in order of registration of interest


With Anzac Day 2013 almost upon us and nearly 100 years since WWl, it's all stops out to let everyone know about the very special Limited Edition series underway at Recherché in Northcote.

Currently in the throes of production are prototypes of Medal History Frames for Australian Victoria Cross recipients. 

First cab off the rank is No. 465 Lance Corporal Albert Jacka of the 14th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces.

Lance Corporal Albert Jacka was awarded a Victoria Cross by His Majesty the KING on 23 July 1915

“For most conspicuous bravery on the night of the 19th-20th May, 1915, at Courtney’s Post:, Gallipoli Peninsula”

So to start at the beginning, we first salute our Gallipoli heroes -

Alexander Burton
William Dunstan
John Patrick Hamilton
Albert Jacka
Leonard Keysor
Alfred Shout
William Symons
Hugo Throssell
Frederick Tubb

These prototypes will be available for sale prior to the main edition.

Be sure to put yourself on the list as a possible purchaser, requests honoured in order of registration of interest