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Borella VC - Territory Hero of the Great War by Dr Tom Lewis OAM
5 February - 5:15pm and
12 March - 5:15pm (To include reflections on the Borella Ride)
Who was Albert Borella? Melbourne fireman, militia soldier, adventurer to the Outback interior, he was working around Tennant Creek when he made the journey to Darwin to enlist in the First World War. He made his way walking, by horse, mail cart and rail. Borella then had to travel to Townsville by boat to enlist in the Army. Once in Europe he served in Gallipoli with the 26th Battalion; transferred with it to the Western Front, was promoted three times, wounded, commissioned as an officer, and decorated three times - finally with the VC for an infantry action where he led from the front.
Borella survived the war and returned to Australia, he raised a family, and served with Home Forces when once again duty called in the Second World War.
Free event, open to the public. Booking preferred:
Borella's War : the making of a legend
Monday 2 February – Sunday 31 May
Albert Borella came to the Northern Territory in 1913 to try his luck on the agricultural fields of the Daly River. Just over a year later he journeyed back to Darwin by foot, on horseback and finally by train, determined to enlist for service in the First World War.
Borella served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front with great distinction. Showcasing rare photographic material, this impressive exhibition locates Albert Borella's remarkable personal story within the broader story of Northern Territory development and the significant contribution made by Territorians to the First World War.
Find out more about Albert Borella at The Borella Ride, the Northern Territory Government's flagship Anzac Centenary activity.
Paintings by Judy Cassab
Judy Cassab was born in Austria in 1920 to Hungarian parents. She is one of Australia's best known portrait artists, twice winning the prestigious Archibald Prize. Cassab is also a distinguished landscape artist, drawing on her European aesthetic and training to produce stunning works of the Australian landscape. The Central Australian landscape captivated her and was the subject of many of her artworks.
Cassab wished to see more of her Northern Territory landscapes in public collections in the Territory and, through her son and fellow artist John Seed, arranged in 2014 to gift three of her works to the Northern Territory Library: Early Morning Rainbow Valley, 1985, Lagoon Ormiston, 1992 and Blue Night Rainbow Valley, 2004. We thank Judy for her wonderful gift.
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