The Australian War Memorial will launch a new exhibition, Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan, featuring new works from official war artist and Archibald Prize-winner Ben Quilty at the National Art School Gallery in Darlinghurst on 21 February 2013.
Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan will showcase 21 studio paintings, along with 16 works on paper sketched by the artist during his tour of Afghanistan in 2011.
Australia’s latest Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Daniel Keighran VC, today presented his Victoria Cross to the Australian War Memorial, where it will go on display in the Hall of Valour early next year.
Corporal Keighran’s Victoria Cross, on loan to the Memorial, was presented with his accompanying medal group to Dr Peter Pedersen, Assistant Director and Branch Head of the National Collection at the Australian War Memorial.
Yesterday Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Ret’d), Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial tabled at a meeting of Council a petition – presented to the Chairman by Mrs Avril Clark, accompanied by Ms Sarah McCarthy – calling for peacekeepers who die on non-warlike operations to be included on the Roll of Honour. He also fulfilled his undertaking to Mrs Clark to inform Council about their discussions at the time of the petition presentation.
During a small ceremony on Remembrance Day, the Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Ash Power, presented the Australian War Memorial with an engine cowling from a coalition helicopter that crashed in Southern Afghanistan on 21 June 2010.
At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. On this day each year Australians observe one minute’s silence, in memory of those who have died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts, a tradition the Australian War Memorial continues in its National Ceremony.
More than 3,800 people attended the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today. This was many hundred more than last year.