Dawn Service, 2008

Place Oceania: Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, Campbell
Accession Number ART93391
Collection type Art
Measurement Framed: 113.2 x 203.2 cm; Unframed: 110.2 x 200.2 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Date made 2008
Conflict Period 2000-2009
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

In 2008, the Australian War Memorial commissioned artist Kristin Headlam to attend the Dawn Service on 25 April 2008 to record this solemn and respectful ceremony. This work demonstates that many generations have, and will continue to be, impacted by conflict. Although young, their is a knowing look on the young child's face in the foreground that appears to be recognition of the significance of the Dawn Service event.

The age and numberof people attending commemorative services in Australia has changed in recent years, a reflection of the importance of commemorating the First World War centenary. The First Anzac Day commemorations at the Memorial was attended in 1942 and, due to the fears of a Japanese air attack, was a small affair. In 1977 around 2,000 people attended the Memorial's Dawn Service. Crowd's continue to grow and 2015 saw a record of 128,700 people attend the Dawn Service.