The Australian War Memorial will undergo a major development of its galleries and precinct to ensure it can continue to share stories of remembrance, and the Australian experience of war, for generations to come.
Sufferings of War and Service
The Australian War Memorial has commissioned a work of art to recognise and commemorate the suffering caused by war and military service. The sculptural installation will provide a place in the Memorial’s Sculpture Garden for visitors to grieve, to reflect on service experiences, and to remember the long-term cost of war and service.
Angelica Mesiti: A hundred years
The film A hundred years is a meditation on the scars and trauma war leaves on the landscape – in particular, the Somme battlefields. Footage of the damaged landscape is combined with music and sounds from nature.
Vivian Bullwinkel Sculpture
In 2019 the Australian College of Nursing initiated the development of a sculpture to commemorate Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel (1915–2000) as a great Australian, a great leader, a great woman, and a proud nurse. The sculpture will be installed into the forecourt of Poppy’s Café and will be the first sculpture of an individual nurse or woman in the Memorial’s grounds.
The Australian War Memorial has recently received funding for a four-year digitisation project running from 2018 to 2022. The project aims to digitise collection items at risk of deterioration, including paper records, film, audio, and images. This will help preserve the original items and allow the collection to be more broadly available to researchers into the future.
Places of Pride
Places of Pride, the National Register of War Memorials, is a new Australian War Memorial initiative. It will record the locations and photographs of every publicly accessible memorial across Australia.
V-2 and Meillerwagen
The V-2 and Meillerwagen have been in the Memorial’s collection since 1957 and are being considered for display as part of the Memorial’s Development Project. A major conservation project is underway to make the V-2 and Meillerwagen display ready.
Sculpture memorial for Far East Strategic Reserve
The Council of the Australian War Memorial have endorsed in principle a proposal for a sculpture memorial to the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) to be installed in the Memorial’s sculpture garden.
Image: Tactical Operator Kenneth W Dusting, on the flag deck of the Daring class destroyer HMAS Duchess during service in the Far East Strategic Reserve (FESR) during the Indonesian Confrontation.