Today the Council of the Australian War Memorial decided that all Australian servicemen and servicewomen who die on operational service, including non-warlike operations, will be included on the Roll of Honour.
At its meeting in November 2012, the Council decided there was a need to canvas broader community and stakeholder opinion before making a final decision whether to retain or amend existing Roll of Honour criteria.
Today, at the National Art School Gallery in Sydney, the Australian War Memorial launched a new exhibition, Ben Quilty: after Afghanistan, featuring works from official war artist and Archibald Prize-winner Ben Quilty.
“Ben Quilty’s works follow a truly great tradition at the Australian War Memorial of appointing artists to record and interpret the Australian experience of war. Ben’s commission was to create paintings that would describe the impact of Afghanistan on our servicemen and women,” said Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson.
Wreathlaying ceremony marks the opening of Parliament
Today the Director of the Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, and the Chairman, Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret’d), welcomed the Prime Minister, The Hon. Julia Gillard MP and the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Tony Abbott MP, to the Australian War Memorial.
This special occasion was to lay wreaths in remembrance at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier within the Hall of Memory.
Brendan Nelson started today as the new Director of the Australian War Memorial.
Dr Nelson said that he was honoured to be working at such an iconic institution and that in his position as Director he would work hard to ensure that the Memorial continued to be relevant for all Australians, particularly as the nation approaches the centenary of the First World War.