The Australian War Memorial has purchase two headstones to ensure the dignity of two Australian war heroes is maintained.
The Memorial purchased the original grave markers for Private Benjamin Hardy and Private Ralph Jones, who were posthumously awarded the George Cross for their actions during the infamous breakout of Japanese prisoners of war at the Cowra prison camp during the Second World War.
The Memorial acquired the headstones from the Cowra War and Rail Museum via Burns and Co Auctioneers on 1 April this year.
A rare silk carpet from the Ottoman Empire, made to commemorate the Turkish victory at Çanakkale, has been acquired by the Australian War Memorial.
In the lead up to Anzac Day, the Australian War Memorial has acquired a painting by celebrated artist Sidney Nolan relating to Australian service on Gallipoli during the First World War.
The work depicts stretcher-bearer John Simpson Kirkpatrick and his donkey, and is inscribed on the back with the words: “Gallipoli painting, property of Maie Casey. Maie with love from Sidney”
Sacred soil taken from the battlefields and war cemeteries across the Flanders region of Belgium, in which lie the remains of more than 13,000 Australians, was placed in a new memorial garden today at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The soil was mixed with that collected by the Returned and Services League from significant military heritage sites in each Australian state and territory.
One of the most significant artwork donations in the Memorial’s history, Cure for pain, by renowned Australian artist eX de Medici, is now on display at the Australian War Memorial.
Donated by Erika Krebs-Woodward through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, Cure for pain is a detailed, multi-layered work that reflects the themes of mortality and equality in death throughout a century of Australian military history.