Monday 4 August 2014 marks the Centenary of the start of the First World War. The Australia War Memorial will be commemorating this day with a significant Last Post Ceremony. We’ll also commemorate the four year Centenary period with a range of commemorative events and ceremonies.
To assist media with their First World War Centenary requests, the Memorial’s media team has reconstructed the online media centre. It will make it easier for the media to access newsworthy content direct from the Australia War Memorial, particularly for significant anniversaries.
Australians around the country will be able to view unique images of Anzac troops at Gallipoli with the launch today at the Australian War Memorial of its first centenary travelling exhibition.
A camera on Gallipoli showcases a series of 39 candid photographs captured by Charles Ryan while serving with the AIF in Turkey in 1915.
The Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, says Charles Ryan’s photographs capture the reality behind the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, depicting a unique and often harsh view of our soldiers’ experiences.
Lieutenant William Malcolm Chisholm and Captain Charles Antoine De Guerry Dalglish have been honoured with their names added to the Australian War Memorial’s Commemorative Roll today.
The Australians served in the British Army in the First World War and died fighting in some of the earliest battles fought on the Western Front in 1914.
Based on the available evidence, Lieutenant Chisholm may well be the first Australian killed in the First World War — although he was serving in a British uniform.
The second of the proposed six-volume Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post–Cold War Operations was launched at the Australian War Memorial today. The official history is a joint project between the Memorial and the Australian National University.
A collection of private papers from Australia’s First World War corps commander General Sir John Monash was today launched by the Prime Minister, The Hon. Tony Abbott.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson said that Sir John Monash was one of Australia’s most important figures and greatest leaders of the First World War.