Musician Chris Latham has been appointed the Australian War Memorial’s first ever musical artist in residence, to last until 2021.
During his residency Mr Latham will research the Memorial’s music collection and identify, arrange, and record music with accompanying contextual material that reflects on Australia’s war, operational service, and home front experiences. He will focus on the First World War, Second World War, and the Vietnam War, in that order.
Visitors to the Australian War Memorial only have until the end of May to see Mephisto, the last remaining First World War German A7V tank, before it returns to Queensland.
Displayed in Anzac Hall since July 2015, this is the first time the rare tank has been seen outside Brisbane since it was transported from Europe after the end of the First World War. It will be removed from display and returned to Queensland in the first week of June.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, today said he was proud to see the large crowd braving the elements at today’s Anzac Day National Ceremony.
“An estimated 7000 people attended the National Ceremony and veterans’ march, bringing the total number of people at both Anzac Day ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial to 45,000,” Dr Nelson said.
“Anzac Day is a time for all Australians to come together to commemorate the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and servicewomen in every theatre of war and on operational service.
An estimated 38,000 visitors gathered this morning at the Australian War Memorial for the 2017 Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, said he was proud of the continuing commitment and dedication of everyday Australians to the annual commemoration of Anzac Day.
“The attendance at this year’s Dawn Service shows the enduring connection so many people have to Anzac Day and what it represents for our servicemen and servicewomen – and indeed for all Australians,” Dr Nelson said.
The Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, today officially presented two AK-47s seized during Operation MANITOU to the Australian War Memorial.