Australian War Memorial Bequests Connecting our Past, Present and Future

At the Australian War Memorial, bequest donors play an especially important role in connecting the past, present, and future. Bequests do not fund the ongoing operational costs of the Memorial, but instead support the creation of long-term programs and projects. Your bequest allows us to plan ahead and confidently pursue our vision for the benefit of all Australians now and in the future. Making a bequest to the Australian War Memorial is both simple and satisfying. Your bequest will create a lasting legacy that embodies your generosity and values.

Please watch this short video about our Bequest program and how your legacy can benefit the Memorial.

Making a Bequest

There are many ways to make a bequest. You can bequest cash, a percentage of your estate, residual gifts, or a specific item for the Australian War Memorial’s collection. All bequests are welcome, whatever the size, and there are no fees.

Bequests may be made in memory of family or friends, or for any other reason. When forming your bequest plans we encourage you to have a confidential discussion with our staff. Please contact us on (02) 6243 4392 or via email at

We would like to personally thank you

If you are planning to make a bequest to the Australian War Memorial, please let us know so we can acknowledge you and express our gratitude. 

You can do this by:

  • notifying us of your intention to make a bequest
  • sending us a copy of the relevant section of your will
  • sending us a letter of confirmation from your solicitor.

For more information

For more information about making a bequest, download the bequest brochure, contact (02) 6243 4392 or email us at

Bequest brochure

What these men did, nothing can alter now. The good and the bad, the greatness and the smallness of their story … it rises, it always rises … above the mists of ages, a monument to great hearted men and for their nation – a possession for ever. - C.E.W Bean