Dioramas or "picture models", as they were first called, have been a part of the Memorial’s displays since its inception. They were first suggested by official war artist Will Dyson and official war historian Charles Bean to give a more vivid impression of war than conveyed through photographs and paintings.

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Romani diorama
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The dioramas were designed to create an emotional account of the experiences of Australians who fought in the First World War. They provide a broad picture of the places where major battles were fought and establish the context for other items on display.

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Further reading:

Anne-Marie Conde, "A marriage of sculpture and art: dioramas at the Memorial", Journal of the Australian War Memorial 19 (1991): pp. 56–59

Tom Hewitt, "Diorama presentation", Journal of the Australian War Memorial 5 (1984): pp. 29–35