A record 25,500 visitors attended the Anzac Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today – an 8,000 increase on last year.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, says he’s delighted with the attendance figures for Australia’s most significant national occasion.
“Today is the biggest Anzac Day commemoration we have ever experienced at the Australian War Memorial. Obviously, people wanted to show their support of the commemoration of 99 years since the landing on Gallipoli,” Dr Nelson said.
Today the Australian War Memorial hosted an estimated 37,000 visitors to the Dawn Service – a 2,000 increase on last year.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, says he’s thrilled with this year’s Dawn Service attendance.
In the centenary year of the First World War, the Australian War Memorial today launched one of its major commemorative projects which will see rare, historic records containing eyewitness accounts made available free and online to the general public.
Known as Anzac Connections, the project involves the progressive digitisation of thousands of pages of personal accounts, letters and diaries from Australians who served in the First World War.
It is with great pleasure that the Australian War Memorial announces the appointment of Mr Allan Yates as Head, Communications and Marketing.
Mr Yates comes to the Memorial with a strong background as a communications and marketing manager and practitioner for state and federal government agencies. His career includes experience with national and international organisations in both public and private sectors.
The Australian War Memorial and BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities are pleased to announce the donation of $1 million to support the redevelopment of the Memorial's First World War galleries.
The major redevelopment of the galleries will form a key part of the Memorial’s commemorations for the centenary of the First World War. This significant donation will assist in the integration of state-of-the art technologies in the galleries to enhance and support artefacts, works of art and a range of other exhibition items.