Every day, 9am to 5pm Tuesday 29 November 2022 to Friday 31 March
Discover the career of Sydney-born Tubby Allen, an Australian General who earned the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for service during the Great War and went on to command troops during the Second World War in North Africa, Greece, and Syria before deployment to Papua New Guinea to face the Japanese threat at Kokoda.
Thickset and powerfully built Allen was affectionately known as ‘Tubby’. He was an accountant and keen part-time soldier outside of wartime and a skilled commander during the Great War and Second World War.
At the height of the Kokoda Campaign, Allen was sacked from his role as a commander. General Thomas Blamey and those at the senior level did not understand the challenges faced by those serving on the Kokoda Trail, so Blamey sacked the commanders at brigade, divisional and force level.
Tubby Allen’s service may be best summed up in the final sentence of the recommendation for the DSO he received after the battle of Messines in June 1917 – “He showed initiative and organising ability throughout … and his energy and devotion to duty inspired all.”
This exhibition presents a series of photos documenting Tubby Allen’s career in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF).
The exhibition is located in the Memorial’s Auditorium on Lower Ground level. The Memorial is open every day, 9am to 5pm. Please note that access to the exhibition is dependent on the auditorium’s availability, so we encourage you to call the Memorial in advance on (02) 8262 2900
Entry is free.