Client: Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
Length: 4.32 minutes
In late 1972 high school sewing teacher Val D’Angri was asked to hand stitch the Eureka Flag onto a custom built backing. She undertook the labour intensive restoration work over a two week period in May 1973 in the Oddie Gallery, at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (then known as the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery). In this short film Val recalls what she felt on seeing the flag for the first time, her emotions on touching and restoring the flag, and the hours of back breaking work it took to finish the project. Val argues that the way the flag was constructed points to women having made it. She speculates what life must have been like for those rebellious women in the Spring of Eureka, November 1854.
Wind & Sky Productions produced four short digital stories for the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka as part of the commemoration of the 160th Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade. The films are on permanent display in the Museum touchtable exhibition.
On permanent display, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat.
- Produced by:
- Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
- Production Company:
- Wind & Sky Productions
- Directed and edited by:
- Jary Nemo
- Written and researched by:
- Lucinda Horrocks
- Val D’Angri
- Camera and Sound:
- Jary Nemo
- Lucinda Horrocks
- ‘The Three Gums’ © Hans Heysen/Licensed by Viscopy, 2014
- Archival images courtesy of:
- Ballarat City Council, Ballarat Historical Society, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Ballarat Courier, The Gold Museum, Ballarat, The National Library of Australia, The State Library of Victoria, Val and Norm D’Angri.
- With thanks to:
- Anne Beggs-Sunter, Norm D’Angri, Rita Cousens, Ursula Diamond-Keith, Andrew Eales, Edith Fry, Peter Freund, Claire Gervasoni, Merrilyn Harlock, Julie McLaren, Gordon Morrison, Claire Muir, Leslee Sullivan, Val Stevens and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
- Commissioned by:
- Jane Smith, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.
- Funded by:
- Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
- We give thanks to the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional owners of the land where the Eureka Stockade took place, and pay respect to their Elders past and present.
- Copyright with:
- © M.A.D.E. Ballarat 2014. All rights reserved.
Our story begins after Kokoda.
For most of 1943, in a mountainous and jungled region of what is now Papua New Guinea, Australians and Americans (with the help of the New Guineans) fought a hard campaign against the Japanese. Battles took place on razorback hills and on muddy tracks as the Allies pushed the Japanese north towards the coastal base of Salamaua. This became known as the Wau-Salamaua campaign.
On the 30th July 1943, US forces attacked a knoll called Mount Tambu. It was a failed attempt to capture a Japanese-held strategic point. But it resulted in one of the most extraordinary single acts of Australian bravery in World War 2. This story, Bull Allen’s story, is one of a number of forgotten tales about a forgotten aspect of Australia’s involvement in Papua New Guinea after Kokoda.
This article provides some context to the story of Bull Allen on Tambu, and explains how my production company Wind & Sky Productions came to make the short documentary ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’, and what I learnt through making it.