In the years before the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War, communities across Australia had already started erecting memorials to those who enlisted and those who died in service. These memorials became a place for reflection, where friends and families could come together to mourn their loss and pay respects to the sacrifice of so many from their community. Across the country thousands of war memorials stand as a reminder of the service of Australian men and women.
Memorials continue to be enduring expressions of love, loss, grief, and pride across towns, communities and cities across the nation. Covering Australia's involvement in conflicts and peacekeeping operations, from the Boer War to Afghanistan, memorials honour those who served and those who died.
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. It will encompass the diverse range of memorials that exist - the cenotaphs, monuments, obelisks, honour boards and rolls of honour, bowling clubs, memorial halls and tree-lined remembrance ways.
Places of Pride reminds us that the history on display at the Memorial heralds from small towns, communities, and cities from every corner of the country.
The interactive online register will be the basis of a stunning new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial. It is our ambition to enable visitors to search for their local area, see their memorial and see the link between their community’s military service and the Memorial.
RSL sub-branches, community organisations, schools and individuals are encouraged to record and upload their local memorials to the website. Each memorial is given its own page and gallery, where registered users are invited to contribute their photographs to help to build the National Register.
Visit placesofpride.awm.gov.au to register your account, explore and contribute to this exciting project.