08 6552 7474 foundation@fwam.com.au

Date And Time

Fri., 13 March 2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AWST


WA Maritime Museum
Victoria Quay


$35 per person





Join us for this exclusive screening and a Q&A with the film’s Associate Producer, Julie Hobbs.

Bayonets and Butterflies is the little known, yet powerful story that describes a moment of quiet hope and care, amidst the devastated landscape of the French battlefields 102 years ago. It involves Major General Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliott and Lt. General Sir J.J. Talbot Hobbs, two much-loved characters in the National Anzac Centre, Albany. The Centre opened in 2014 and was curated by the Western Australian Museum.

Filmmaker Sam Hobbs, great-grandson of Lieutenant General Sir Joseph Talbot Hobbs, in partnership with Siamese and the Western Australian Museum, has created a documentary film telling this poignant story. The film reveals how, in 1918, on the eve of the Villers-Bretonneux offensive and with slaughter and destruction all around them, Australian troops commanded by Hobbs and Elliot rescued French naturalist Eugene Boullet’s priceless collection of butterflies.

“Ranged round the walls from floor to ceiling in cabinets of beautifully polished walnut was the most wonderful collection of gorgeous butterflies I have ever seen” – General Elliot – letter to his wife.