Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, was today honoured to accept the donation of the rare George Cross posthumously awarded to Captain Lionel Colin Matthews for extreme and selfless courage while a prisoner of war.
On this day 71 years ago, Captain Matthews, known as “The Duke”, was executed by the Japanese in the Kuching prisoner-of-war camp on the island of Borneo.
First World War galleries officially opened at the Australian War Memorial
On Sunday 22 February, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), officially launched the Australian War Memorial’s new permanent First World War exhibition, Australia in the Great War.
GALLIPOLI CONFERENCE ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL INTEREST
Some of the world’s pre-eminent First World War historians will come together at a major international conference to be held in Canberra next March to commemorate the centenary of the landing on Gallipoli.
Gallipoli 1915: a century on will explore the eight-month-long Gallipoli campaign from all sides - its impacts upon the countries and soldiers that fought as well as the effect on the population back home, and the historical legacy.
Memorial launches Australia/NZ Print Portfolio with Shane Cotton
The Australian War Memorial today launched the Australia/NZ Print Portfolio project with the New Zealand High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Chris Seed, and well-known New Zealand artist Shane Cotton.
The Commemorative Print Portfolio will feature work by five Australian and five New Zealand artists, who will respond creatively to the history of the First World War and its legacy for contemporary life in both countries.
The Australian War Memorial today opened its highly anticipated First World War Galleries, Australia in the Great War.
Australia in the Great War is one of the most significant First World War exhibitions in the world, drawing on the Memorial’s unique collection of First World War artefacts, technology, uniforms, medals, photographs, film, and personal items such as letters and diaries.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, said he was honoured to open such a significant exhibition to the Australian public.