The first of two new Bushmasters acquired by the Australian War Memorial will arrive tomorrow to be displayed for the first time at Big Things in Store this weekend.
Both vehicles have been used in active service and were damaged by IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) in Afghanistan. The Bushmasters are an invaluable addition to the Memorial’s collection, and will assist in better understanding, and representing, the experiences of Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan and the Middle East Area of Operations.
Contemporary Australian artist Arlo Mountford, has been selected to create backgrounds for two dioramas that will feature in the newly redeveloped First World War galleries, Mont St Quentin and Desert Patrol.
The refurbished First World War galleries will feature the Memorial’s dioramas displayed chronologically.
Today the Australian War Memorial has unveiled three new bronze panels on the Roll of Honour, commemorating an additional 48 Australian servicemen and women.
A historic decision was made by the Council of the Memorial on 6 March 2013 to amend the criteria for the Roll of Honour to include Defence personnel who have died in non-warlike operations.
The Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson said, “Today is a milestone for the 48 families of those whose names are being added to the Roll of Honour, for the Australian War Memorial and for Australia.”
Afghanistan: the Australian story presents the experiences of servicemen and women in Afghanistan and the Middle East Area of Operations, and reveals the dedication and loneliness of their families who wait at home. The exhibition offers a unique perspective, presenting the stories of our veterans and their families in their own words, set against a vivid backdrop of images and film footage of the conflict.
VIETNAM: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON A LONG WAR
15–16 August 2013
In August, the Australian War Memorial, with the support of Boeing Australia and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), will host an international conference on the Vietnam War, to mark the 40th anniversary of the ceasefire in 1973 and the withdrawal of Australian and American forces.