Published: Mon 19 Mar 2012

Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret'd) has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

'On behalf of the staff of the Memorial I congratulate Admiral Doolan', said Nola Anderson, Acting Director of the Australian War Memorial. 'Since joining the Council in 2009 his knowledge of and involvement in the veteran community has been a great asset. This experience will be invaluable as the Memorial prepares for the centenary of the First World War'.

Admiral Doolanwas appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial in November 2009 and has filled the position of Chairman of the Memorial’s Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee for the past 12 months.  He is the current National President of the Returned & Services League of Australia, as well as a member of the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board.

Admiral Doolan joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1953 and served for 41 years in a number of positions both ashore and at sea.  He served in the destroyers Vampire during the Confrontation with Indonesia and then in Perth during the Vietnam War. During the Gulf Crisis and Gulf War of 1990/91, Admiral Doolan was Operational Commander of all Australian combatant forces.

Admiral Doolan’s biography is available at



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