Vale Major General “Digger” James

Sunday 18 October 2015

On behalf of the Chairman, Council and all members of the Australian War Memorial staff, the Director Dr Brendan Nelson expresses his deepest condolences for the passing of former Chairman of the Memorial, Major-General William Brian 'Digger' James AC AO(Mil) MBE MC.

“Major-General ‘Digger’ James was highly regarded and respected throughout the nation as an outstanding leader, advocate for veterans, and one of the most decent and honourable Australians of the twentieth century,” Dr Nelson said.

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Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan tours to Townsville from the Australian War Memorial

Friday 16 October 2015

Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan is an extraordinary Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition by one of the nation’s most incisive artists, and is of great relevance to the Townsville community, as it is to all Australians. The exhibition officially opens at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville at 6:30pm on Friday 16 October and will be launched by Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial.

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War correspondents memorial dedicated at the Australian War Memorial

Wednesday 23 September 2015

On 23 September 2015, 100 years since journalist Keith Murdoch dictated a powerful report conveying his searing indictment of the situation on Gallipoli, a memorial to Australian war correspondents has been dedicated in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial.

Murdoch’s report, cabled to Australian Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, influenced government policy on Australia’s military involvement in the First World War. It was a compelling example of the impact war correspondents have had – and continue to have – on the evolving narrative of Australia at war.

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First World War Victoria Cross presented to the Australian War Memorial

Thursday 10 September 2015

Australia’s most decorated soldier of the First World War will have his medal group – including the revered Victoria Cross – on display at the Australian War Memorial.

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The Changi book: resurrected 70 years on

Wednesday 26 August 2015

Some 70 years after its originally planned publication, The Changi book, a fascinating collection of personal accounts of life for Australian prisoners of war inside Singapore’s notorious Changi prison camp during the Second World War, was launched by the Australian War Memorial today.

Intended for release in 1945 but postponed by industrial action and supply shortages at the time, the project has long laid dormant – until now.

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