2015 ANZAC DAY SERVICES AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Today, Monday 20 April, 10.00 am – media site walkthrough
Media are invited to attend the Anzac Day site walkthrough with the Memorial’s media team.
Please meet at the stairs at the top of the Parade Ground to discuss the following:
With Anzac Day 2015 commemorative services less than a month away, the Australian War Memorial is encouraging people seeking to attend the event to start planning their trip and to prepare early for the historic centenary anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.
Record crowds are expected at the Dawn Service and the National Ceremony and, owing to increased demand, all reserved seats for the National Ceremony have now been allocated.
Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, was today honoured to accept the donation of the rare George Cross posthumously awarded to Captain Lionel Colin Matthews for extreme and selfless courage while a prisoner of war.
On this day 71 years ago, Captain Matthews, known as “The Duke”, was executed by the Japanese in the Kuching prisoner-of-war camp on the island of Borneo.
First World War galleries officially opened at the Australian War Memorial
On Sunday 22 February, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), officially launched the Australian War Memorial’s new permanent First World War exhibition, Australia in the Great War.
GALLIPOLI CONFERENCE ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL INTEREST
Some of the world’s pre-eminent First World War historians will come together at a major international conference to be held in Canberra next March to commemorate the centenary of the landing on Gallipoli.
Gallipoli 1915: a century on will explore the eight-month-long Gallipoli campaign from all sides - its impacts upon the countries and soldiers that fought as well as the effect on the population back home, and the historical legacy.