Published: Wed 2 Nov 2011

This month the Australian War Memorial is commemorating its 70th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone the Memorial has a program of activities scheduled from 5-11 November:

Highlights of this program include:


  • A presentation from Ashley Ekins, Head of the Military History Section, on the History of the Memorial and Charles Bean’s vision.


  • A special talk from Peter Burness, historian of the Australian War Memorial, who will share the secrets of the Memorial.


  • The Oriana Chorale, one of Canberra’s leading choirs, will perform We are Here. This piece was written by Anthony Briggs for the entombment of the Unknown Australian Soldier.


For detailed information on the program of activities please visit:             




A beautiful souvenir publication on the Hall of Memory has been released to coincide with this special anniversary. The booklet features the dome, the mosaics, stained-glass windows, Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, and Four pillars sculpture, along with details of the design and construction of the Hall. A full transcript of the eulogy for the Unknown Australian Soldier, delivered by the Prime Minister, The Hon. P. J. Keating MP, on 11 November 1993 is also included.

 For more information on this publication please visit:



If you would like an interview please contact:

Marylou Pooley

Phone: 0412 646 298



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