ISL WORLD WAR 1 Centenary Exhibition
WW1 Australia and UNRWA for Palestinian Refugees
This is a photogrpah of the 'Pyramid tent' invented by Charlie Stevens, great grandfather of ISL Grade 6 student Ashely Stevens, and grandfather of Ashley's dad, Craig Stevens, head of the school's PTA.
From 1914 onwards, Charlie Stevens served with the Australian Imperial Force during WW1, in Gallipoli and then in France. He lost his legs in an explosion at Amiens. It is said that it was enlisting as a soldier that first formed his love of camping.
Ashley thought about her great grandfather and his invention of the pyramid tent when we were looking at the archive of another Memory of the World project, the UNRWA photographic archive. Ashley was particularly struck by the pictures of the Palestinian refugee camps that were set up in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as a result of the 1948-9 1st Arab-Israeli war and the six day war of 1967. Here is a link to an article about Ashley's grandfather and the history of camping in Australia
Compare and Contrast Charlie Steven's memory of his time in the 4th field ambulance with that of his Captain's, Joseph Beeston. To download a copy of his account, click on the file below
Click here to see his army report