Two portraits of Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG have been added to the Australian War Memorial’s collection.
The portraits, unveiled today, were painted by renowned Australian artist Michael Zavros. They represent two different views of Roberts-Smith: one in his formal uniform, the other larger than life-size in combat stance.
Zavros said he was honoured to receive the commission from the Australian War Memorial and to spend time with such a remarkable person as Roberts-Smith, who is a much admired and heroic figure for many Australians.
The Australian War Memorial marked the centenary of the declaration of the First World War today with a Last Post Ceremony attended by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, and a contingent of ambassadors and high commissioners.
The Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, encouraged all Australians to reflect on how far the world has come since the First World War.
The voices of primary school students will resonate throughout the Australian War Memorial’s First World War Roll of Honour cloisters over the next four years as part of a project launched today at the Memorial.
The Roll of Honour Soundscape project was launched today by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, to mark the centenary of the declaration of the First World War.
Australian War Memorial official war artists Ben Quilty and Shaun Gladwell exhibit together for the first timeFriday 1 August 2014
The Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, will on Friday night open an exhibition by official war artists Ben Quilty and Shaun Gladwell at the John Curtin Gallery in Perth, Western Australia.
It is the first time Ben Quilty’s: after Afghanistan and Shaun Gladwell: Afghanistan have been exhibited together in the one venue.
The Australian War Memorial has announced a range of major projects to mark the centenary of the First World War, which was declared 100 years ago on 4 August 1914.
In Perth on the eve of the centenary, the Memorial’s Director, Dr Brendan Nelson, said many of the Memorial’s centenary projects reached out to communities throughout Western Australia and the whole nation.