At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. On this day each year Australians observe one minute’s silence, in memory of those who have died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts, a tradition the Australian War Memorial continues in its National Ceremony.
More than 3900 people attended the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today. This was many hundred more than last year.
Today at Mount Pritchard Public School the Australian War Memorial and Google Australia launched a new online application for school children across the country to use as part of the First World War Roll of Honour Soundscape project.
Google Australia has built a website called Remember me, which allows Australian schools and students with an internet connection to record the names of the 62,000 servicemen and servicewomen who died in the First World War as part of the Memorial’s Soundscape project
The Australian War Memorial has announced a major new collaborative artistic commission with New Zealand to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.
The Commemorative Print Portfolio will feature work by five Australian and five New Zealand artists, who will respond creatively to the history of the First World War and its legacy for contemporary life in both countries.
Memorial farewells Menin Gate lions and painting for overseas loan
On 5 September 2014, the Australian War Memorial said a fond farewell to the Menin Gate lions and the painting Menin gate at midnight as they are taken off display in preparation for their loan to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, was instrumental in arranging the loan to the Canadian War Museum for its First World War centenary exhibition The iron harvest.
Two portraits of Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG have been added to the Australian War Memorial’s collection.
The portraits, unveiled today, were painted by renowned Australian artist Michael Zavros. They represent two different views of Roberts-Smith: one in his formal uniform, the other larger than life-size in combat stance.
Zavros said he was honoured to receive the commission from the Australian War Memorial and to spend time with such a remarkable person as Roberts-Smith, who is a much admired and heroic figure for many Australians.