The Australian War Memorial collection was founded by Charles Bean and John Treloar who began collecting records including unit war diaries and relics (material evidence of conflict) during the First World War. The collection contains items from colonial conflicts to the present day. The Memorial also commissions artists, photographers and filmakers under the official war art scheme.

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