Today Mr Kerry Stokes AC presented a collection of fragile First World War photographic glass plates to the Australian War Memorial.
These plates form part of the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier Collection, uncovered in 2011 after sitting undisturbed for nearly a century in the attic of a farmhouse in the French town of Vignacourt. Mr Stokes is donating more than 800 of these glass-plate negatives, which feature Australian soldiers in informal settings.
The Australian War Memorial is pleased to announce that the internationally renowned historian Antony Beevor will deliver the keynote address as the inaugural Australian War Memorial Boeing Visiting Fellow at the conferenceKokoda: beyond the legend.
Boeing Australia has joined with the Memorial by sponsoring Beevor as the inaugural Visiting Fellow.
Today the Australian War Memorial announced that for the first time in Australia the original Long Tan cross will be on display from 17 August 2012.
The battle of Long Tan has come to symbolise our nation’s ten-year long involvement in the Vietnam War.
“The Long Tan cross is a memorial to the soldiers who fought and died at the battle of Long Tan,” said Ms Nola Anderson, Acting Director, Australian War Memorial. “The cross also acts as a reminder of the sacrifice of all those Australians who served in the Vietnam War”.
Montevideo Maru memorial unveiling
Media are invited to the unveiling of the memorial, designed to commemorate Australians who died in the defence of Rabaul, and those who later died as prisoners in the sinking of the Japanese ship the Montevideo Maru.
The memorial will be unveiled by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, on 1 July 2012, the 70thanniversary of the sinking of the Montevideo Maru,
Visit the Australian War Memorial during Reconciliation Week to discover stories of Indigenous Service from Monday 27 May until Sunday 3 June 2012.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders have a long history of serving in the nation’s defence force. It will probably never be know how many answered the call but they have served in every major conflict since the Boer War with some in uniform in the colonies prior to Federation.
Reconciliation Week events at the Memorial includes:
Gallery walk and talk tour