History of Australia – The Australian War Memorial


Here is there spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made. (Charles Bean 1948).

That pretty much says it all. This is the reverence placed in one of the most respected institutions in Australia. The war memorial commemorates Australians who have died at war.


The Australian War Memorial, located in Canberra, is Australia’s national memorial to the members of all its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia. The memorial includes an extensive national military museum.

There is a cavalcade of both permanent and rolling exhibitions. Some of which include;

For Country,For Nation tells the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders’ military service.

A Home on a Southern Hill relates how the memorial was bought to being.

Middle East display depicts Australia’s military involvement in the Middle East.

And many, many more.

There are original documents including a vast array of service records, private letters to home, operational files and and any number of other field correspondence. It is almost as if the memorial is speaking to you in sombre whispers from the past. An extremely emotional experience!

The Australian War Memorial was opened in 1941, and is widely regarded as one of the most significant memorials of its type in the world.


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