Media Diary Note:
Victory in the Pacific – 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War
During August, the Australian War Memorial is involved in a number of activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War – Victory in the Pacific (VP Day).
Media Diary Note:
This month the Australian War Memorial is involved in a number of activities to commemorate the centenary of the August Offensive that took place on Gallipoli during the First World War.
In early August 1915, after three long months of stalemate, Australian, New Zealand, British, and Indian troops launched a series of assaults against Turkish strongpoints on the Gallipoli peninsula. This was an all-out attempt to break the deadlock and force a decisive victory. It would become known as the August Offensive.
Rare German tank Mephisto on display at the Australian War Memorial
Mephisto, the last remaining First World War German A7V tank, has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as part of commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War.
In collaboration with the Queensland Museum, this is the first time the rare tank has been displayed outside Brisbane since it was transported from Europe after the end of the First World War.
The Australian War Memorial and Batemans Bay District Hospital have joined forces to present a unique First World War photographic display for patients and visitors to view over the next two weeks.
Anzac images, photographs from a Gallipoli doctor will go on display at Batemans Bay District Hospital from 25 July to 7 August.
NAIDOC Week: Memorial pays respects to Indigenous servicemen and servicewomen
In 2015 the Australian War Memorial has acknowledged NAIDOC Week by commemorating the proud service and sacrifice of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and servicewomen in times of war.
The Memorial has delivered a number of programs and events highlighting the contributions Indigenous Australians have made to our nation, including gallery talks, wreathlaying ceremonies, and stories from the archives depicting their service.