Rare personal documents from Sandakan death march donated to the Australian War Memorial

Wednesday 28 September 2016


Today the family of Richard Braithwaite, one of only six survivors of the Sandakan death marches of 1945, donated a collection of rare personal documents to the Australian War Memorial.


The material was donated by Braithwaite’s son, Professor John Braithwaite, and includes a map of the Sandakan camp, letters and photographs, postwar medical reports, and witness reports.


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New display for Cameron Baird VC MG in the Hall of Valour

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Today the parents of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG were present as the Australian War Memorial welcomed a new display of equipment worn by their son during the action for which he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia.

Speaking on behalf of the Baird family, Cameron’s father, Doug, said it was appropriate for his son’s equipment to be held at the Australian War Memorial as it honours both Cameron and the 2nd Commando Regiment.

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Big things in store returns to the Australian War Memorial

Monday 12 September 2016

On Saturday 10 September 2016, the Australian War Memorial welcomed almost 3,000 visitors to its Big things in store event. The event offers the rare opportunity to see inside the walls of the Memorial’s storage hub – the Treloar Technology Centre in Mitchell, Canberra.


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New Council Members for the Australian War Memorial

Thursday 1 September 2016

Today the Australian War Memorial welcomed its newest Council members, Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Retd) and Corporal Daniel Keighran VC.


Wing Commander Bown and Corporal Keighran were appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial in June this year as the Honourable Graham Edwards AM and Ms Gabrielle Trainor complete their terms.


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Ancestry honored by the Children’s Book Council of Australia

Tuesday 30 August 2016
The Australian War Memorial is proud to be awarded as an Honour book in the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books at the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards in Sydney.
The children’s book, Ancestry, is the third book in the Century of Service series which was developed in recognition of the service and sacrifice of those who have served Australia over the past century.

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