Medal group of Australian army nursing sister and POW Vivian Bullwinkel donated to the Australian War MemorialFriday 18 December 2015
Medal group of Australian army nursing sister and POW Vivian Bullwinkel donated to the Australian War Memorial
The medal group of Australia’s most distinguished nurse, the late Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Statham (née Bullwinkel) AO MBE ARRC ED FNM, was today presented to the Australian War Memorial in a private handover ceremony.
An Australian Army Protected Mobility Vehicle or “Bushmaster” that saw action in Iraq and Afghanistan was installed today for permanent display on the grounds of the Australian War Memorial.
Director of the Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said he was honoured to have the Bushmaster, manufactured by Thales Australia, displayed on the grounds for visitors to experience and get a sense of the danger Australian soldiers endure while on deployment.
Visitors have descended on the Australian War Memorial in record numbers in 2015, with more than 1.14 million people seeking to commemorate the service and sacrifice of past and present defence personnel thus far.
Director of the Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said the overwhelming attendance numbers demonstrate the importance Australians place on commemoration of not only those from the First World War but all conflicts past and present.
The Australian War Memorial has published a new study by military historian Chris Clark which provides a brief history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service in Australia’s defence forces.
The study, Indigenous service in Australia’s armed forces in peace and war: an overview, demonstrates the breadth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s service in every conflict and commitment involving Australia since Federation, including both world wars.
The Australian War Memorial today announced that prominent Australian businessman and respected philanthropist, Kerry Stokes AC, has been appointed as Chair of the Memorial’s Council.
Mr Stokes was elected to the Chair’s position at a Council meeting conducted in Canberra on 10 November. Rear-Admiral Ken Doolan completed his term as Chairman of the Council on 11 November 2015.
One of Australia’s most highly respected and pre-eminent business leaders and philanthropists, Kerry Stokes is the Executive Chairman of Seven West Media.