One of the most significant artwork donations in the Memorial’s history, Cure for pain, by renowned Australian artist eX de Medici, is now on display at the Australian War Memorial.
Donated by Erika Krebs-Woodward through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, Cure for pain is a detailed, multi-layered work that reflects the themes of mortality and equality in death throughout a century of Australian military history.
The iconic Menin Gate lions, past which thousands of Australian and other allied forces marched on their way to the Belgian battlefields of the Western Front, will return to their original home in the city of Ieper (Ypres), Belgium, as part of commemorations of the First World War.
As part of the Australian War Memorial’s focus on Indigenous service, a painting by prominent Aboriginal artist Rover Thomas, Ruby Plains Massacre 1, has gone on display in the Memorial’s galleries.
The acquisition recognises the Aboriginal perspective of colonial violence and dispossession. It is an important companion piece to the Memorial’s current exhibition For Country, for Nation, which highlights the longstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition of protecting Country, including ritual, performance, painting, and fighting.
The Victoria Cross medals awarded to Privates Robert Matthew Beatham, Patrick Joseph Bugden, and Major Blair Anderson Wark DSO will go on display at the Australian War Memorial’s Hall of Valour as part of centenary commemorations of the First World War.
The loan of these medals takes the number of Victoria Crosses on display at the Memorial to 81.
Beatham and Budgen fought and died in France and Belgium, respectively. Major Wark also fought in France during the First World War, and again during the Second World War.
A unique manuscript written and produced by former prisoner of war Sir Alexander “Alick” Russell Downer KBE during his captivity in Singapore’s notorious Changi prison camp was today unveiled at the Australian War Memorial.