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Published on Sep 22, 2008
Two conservators for the Australian War Memorial remove the left sponson of the British Mark IV female tank nick named "Grit". This is the first time this sort of work has been done on Grit since it was assembled during the First World War.
Narrated by Mike Cecil, Head of Military Heraldry and Technology, Australian War Memorial.
The story of Grit: The British Mark IV Female Tank Serial 4643 was sent to Australia to assist in raising War Loans, it's first stop was Adelaide in September and after a public naming competition the name 'Grit' was bestowed on the tank by Lady Galway, the wife of the South Australian Governor. The tank then moved onto Melbourne and was exhibited at the Royal Agricultural Show where it was just as popular as it was in Adelaide. In October the tank was railed to Sydney for display. An admission charge of eleven shillings was made for adults and three pence for children. For the sum of ten pound ten shillings a ride around a specially constructed circuit could be purchased and for five pound five shillings the tank could be inspected at close hand. The tank was used in few displays during 1919 and was placed in storage in the Army engineering depot in South Melbourne and later transferred to the Australian War Museum. Eventually Grit was moved to Canberra and is now on display in ANZAC Hall at the Australian War Memorial. The tank was commanded by Captain NL Brown.