The Victoria Cross medals awarded to Privates Robert Matthew Beatham, Patrick Joseph Bugden, and Major Blair Anderson Wark DSO will go on display at the Australian War Memorial’s Hall of Valour as part of centenary commemorations of the First World War.
The loan of these medals takes the number of Victoria Crosses on display at the Memorial to 81.
Beatham and Budgen fought and died in France and Belgium, respectively. Major Wark also fought in France during the First World War, and again during the Second World War.
A unique manuscript written and produced by former prisoner of war Sir Alexander “Alick” Russell Downer KBE during his captivity in Singapore’s notorious Changi prison camp was today unveiled at the Australian War Memorial.
On Tuesday 24 January the Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) announced Paul Grierson and Chris Reiger as the co-winners of its “Anzac song” contest at the annual National Country Music Songwriting Awards in Tamworth.
Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, wrote a personal letter congratulating Mr Grierson and co-writer Mr Reiger for their song Raise your glass.
A piece of Australian aviation history, painstakingly restored by conservators at the Australian War Memorial, went on display at the Canberra Airport today.
The project to display the Lockheed Hudson Mark IV Bomber A16-105 was made possible by collaboration between the Memorial, Canberra Airport, and the Virgin Australia Group, and will be on display for visitors to the national capital for the next two years.
A new permanent display titled The Holocaust: witnesses and survivors has opened at the Australian War Memorial. It tells the story of the Holocaust through the experiences of several survivors who later made lives in post-war Australia.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Memorial, said The Holocaust: witnesses and survivors is a much-needed addition to the Australian War Memorial’s Second World War galleries.