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Albert BorellaEvening Talk

Borella VC - Territory Hero of the Great War by Dr Tom Lewis OAM

5 February - 5:15pm
12 March - 5:15pm (To include reflections on the Borella Ride)
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House 

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.

This talk, outlining the detail of Borella's military service with comprehensive illustrations, is presented by Dr Tom Lewis OAM, the Lead Historian with The Borella Ride, which is recreating aspects of Albert Borella's ride to sign up, from 20 February to 3 March, along the Stuart Highway.

Dr Lewis saw his own period of military service as a naval officer for nearly 20 years. Dr Lewis is the author of 12 books, the most recent book beingCarrier Attack, the most comprehensive analysis yet on the Japanese air raids on Darwin, on 19 February 1942.

Free event, open to the public.  Booking preferred:

for 5 February talk

for 12 March talk


Borella's War : the making of a legend

Monday 2 February – Sunday 31 May
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House 

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.

Free event, open to the public.

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All  events will be held at the Northern Territory Library, Parliament House, unless otherwise specified.

For further enquiries and bookings, contact the library on (08) 8999 7177 or Freecall - 1800 019 155  or email ntl.info@nt.gov.au

The library reserves the right to cancel programs. Where possible, prior notice of cancellations will be given.