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.
The iconic Menin Gate lions, past which thousands of Australian and other allied forces marched on their way to the Belgian battlefields of the Western Front, will return to their original home in the city of Ieper (Ypres), Belgium, as part of commemorations of the First World War.
As part of the Australian War Memorial’s focus on Indigenous service, a painting by prominent Aboriginal artist Rover Thomas, Ruby Plains Massacre 1, has gone on display in the Memorial’s galleries.
The acquisition recognises the Aboriginal perspective of colonial violence and dispossession. It is an important companion piece to the Memorial’s current exhibition For Country, for Nation, which highlights the longstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition of protecting Country, including ritual, performance, painting, and fighting.