tiabunna

tiabunna

Posted on 08/04/2014


Photo taken on May 16, 2014



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They shall not grow old...

They shall not grow old...
Few people live in Mannahill: I doubt many ever did. Yet, one hundred years ago today, a decision made on the other side of the world led to six young men from this remote area becoming names on this small war memorial. Out here, far removed from the empires of Europe, I found the dissonance surprisingly moving.

With the centenary, we now shall be subjected to four years of puffing and posturing by politicians. I'd recommend instead taking in Eric Bogle's song in this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z_dUOhkygY

Definitely best viewed on black. Explored.

forlornhop, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, Ashley Loy, Joan+ and 14 other people have particularly liked this photo


32 comments - The latest ones
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Great capture and account.
3 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
All because Franz Joseph was in the wrong place at the right time.Though it would have happened anyway . The domino effect is always so hard to stop.

Very evocative George

"At the going down of the Sun, and in the morning .We will Remember them"
3 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Pam J
Sadly, I think you're right that "it would have happened anyway", Pam. Is it something in human nature?
3 years ago.
Fratton Parker
Fratton Parker
Lovely shot and a moving tribute by yourself, George.
3 years ago.
Gerlinde
Gerlinde
very beautiful tribute and shot!
3 years ago.
Gerlinde
Gerlinde
ADMIRED in 4U
3 years ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
o0o never forget them never and your clouds darken the sky with thoughts oOo
3 years ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
ADMIRED in 4U
3 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Terrific capture!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
3 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Mother nature shed some wonderful light on this memorial....a poignant reminder of the long arm of government.
3 years ago.
Rita Guimaraes
Rita Guimaraes
Very nice tribute and a great capture.
3 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
A great shot and memorial but far too much war puffing and posturing. Do we ever learn?
3 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Monica Meeneghan
I really wonder, Monica.
3 years ago.
Rachel2
Rachel2
Great composition and capture! It's nice to see that the memorial still seems to be tended. A poignant reminder of the dreadful cost of war.
3 years ago.
Diana Australis
Diana Australis
I like the station in the background! We went through there in April, about a month before you!
I always feel sad in those tiny outback towns and communities, to see the war memorials....you really see how many men went away from these already tiny communities, and paid the ultimate price.
A lovely testament, George.
Like you, I find the endless Anzac and WW1 hoo ha from all official quarters totally over the top.
It seems to be assuming a role of national cultural identity and focus. Totally over it already, and cringing at the thought of the next four years.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Diana Australis
I couldn't agree more. You may find this article interesting: tinyurl.com/mw4r4e3
3 years ago.
Jean
Jean
A beautiful memorial. We should always remember them. But sometimes I feel we do it for the wrong reasons. If only we remembered and didn't send any more young people to war.
3 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Jean
Indeed, Jean. See my note to Diana above.
3 years ago.
Richard Gawthorpe
Richard Gawthorpe
ADMIRED in 4U
3 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
The names always make it real. A powerful image.
3 years ago.
Tacheles
Tacheles
Peace is a fragile gift.
3 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Thank you for posting, and for the commentary.
3 years ago.
Bram van Broekhoven
Bram van Broekhoven
Beautiful composition very nice tribute and photo
3 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
A moving image and story, and thank you for a wonderful tribute!
CONGRATULATIONS from the MEMBERS of EXPLORED 4U
3 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
Yes, true words. Isn't that always the case, George. From wherever the people are told by their "betters" to fight (for their country, for "right" etc), and the people always suffer from the inadequacies of leadership (on whatever side they fight..).

And it goes on and on and on....There are no Victors in war, only losers.
It is the same here, tiny hamlets have their memorials to WW1 and WW2. I find it sad beyond belief. The bravery and suffering of those who fought must not be forgotten, neither must the deep suffering and bravery of those who did not fight, but were affected too. And those who still suffer now, from drones and missiles and warring factions.
3 years ago.
tiabunna has replied to Joan+
It's interesting that both sides of any conflict always have a narrative that "we're right because...". You're quite right, Joan, the result is always the same......
3 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
This Lovely image was viewed in my favourite group
Thank you for posting in Vigilant Photographers Unite
3 years ago.
Ashley Loy
Ashley Loy
Beautiful tribute !
3 years ago.
FMW51
FMW51
Congrats!
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Thank you very much, to all who commented here. Photographic sites aren't meant to be contentious and I've possibly strayed a little in that direction. Apologies to those who find that uncomfortable, but this remote memorial seen just before the centenary seemed to me to convey the utter disconnect between the real world of the people involved (both at the battle and at home, on whichever side), international 'power games' , and the self-serving sophistry of politicians.
3 years ago.
just"jj"
just"jj"
Thank you so much for allowing your "person" to merge here with your image.
We do ourselves a disservice when we deny our feelings, I believe, though on another day there might not be a wish to add comments, but on the day that we do, it matters.
How else are we to grow except by sharing insights?
Whether I agree or disagree is not my point ... what I value is that you are willing to share.
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Many thanks, Judith, I really appreciate your thoughtful comment.
3 years ago.