Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan is an extraordinary Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition by one of the nation’s most incisive artists, and is of great relevance to the Townsville community, as it is to all Australians. The exhibition officially opens at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville at 6:30pm on Friday 16 October and will be launched by Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial.
On 23 September 2015, 100 years since journalist Keith Murdoch dictated a powerful report conveying his searing indictment of the situation on Gallipoli, a memorial to Australian war correspondents has been dedicated in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial.
Murdoch’s report, cabled to Australian Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, influenced government policy on Australia’s military involvement in the First World War. It was a compelling example of the impact war correspondents have had – and continue to have – on the evolving narrative of Australia at war.
Australia’s most decorated soldier of the First World War will have his medal group – including the revered Victoria Cross – on display at the Australian War Memorial.
Some 70 years after its originally planned publication, The Changi book, a fascinating collection of personal accounts of life for Australian prisoners of war inside Singapore’s notorious Changi prison camp during the Second World War, was launched by the Australian War Memorial today.
Intended for release in 1945 but postponed by industrial action and supply shortages at the time, the project has long laid dormant – until now.
The Australian War Memorial is proud that the Children’s Book Council of Australia has selected its publication Audacity: stories of heroic Australians in wartime as an honour book in the Eve Pownall Award Category for Information Books in the 2015 Book of the Year Awards in Melbourne.