Centenary anniversaries of Fromelles and Pozières at the Australian War Memorial

Monday 18 July 2016

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Australian troops on the Western Front during the First World War. More Australians would die in this theatre of war than in any other.


Though introduced to the Western Front via the quieter “nursery” sector at Armentières, the Australians in France would face their first major operations at Fromelles and Pozières.


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Rare Boer War Victoria Cross medal group goes on display at Australian War Memorial

Thursday 14 July 2016

The Boer War medal group of Lieutenant Frederick William Bell VC, including one of only six Victoria Crosses awarded to Australians in South Africa and the first awarded to a Western Australian, has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial.

Lieutenant Bell’s VC action occurred on 16 May 1901 at Brakpan in the Transvaal region of South Africa. His citation from 1901 reads:

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NAIDOC Week: Memorial pays respects to Indigenous servicemen and servicewomen

Thursday 7 July 2016

During NAIDOC Week 2016 the Australian War Memorial will commemorate the proud service and sacrifice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in times of war.

In a special NAIDOC Week Last Post Ceremony tonight, Memorial will honour Indigenous serviceman Private Maitland Madge. Private Madge enlisted when he was 21 and served at Pozières, where he was awarded the Military Medal. He enlisted again in the Second World War, aged 45, and served on Singapore, where he died as a prisoner of war in Changi in 1945.

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John Howard launches official history of peacekeeping, humanitarian and post–Cold War operations

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Former Prime Minister of Australia the Honourable John Howard OM AC today launched the fifth volume of the official history of Australia’s peacekeeping, humanitarian and post–Cold War operations at the Australian War Memorial.

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The Somme 1916: Australia’s costliest theatre of war

Friday 1 July 2016

Content and talent for the Western Front centenary

Today, marks 100 years since the battle of the Somme was launched on the Western Front and to commemorate this anniversary the Australian War Memorial will hold a Last Post Ceremony this evening.

To assist media with their First World War centenary coverage the Memorial’s media team has updated the online media centre, making it easier for to access content direct from the Memorial. www.awm.gov.au/media

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