At the heart of the Memorial development is honouring the more than 100,000 Australians who have served our country in war, conflict and peacekeeping, humanitarian and disaster relief operations over the past 30 years. The new expanded galleries will display items previously unable to be exhibited due to the lack of space, allowing us to tell the stories of these veterans and to recognise their service.

Areas of focus will include:

Middle East region operations

  • Gulf War

  • Afghanistan

  • Iraq War

  • Northern Iraq and Syria

Australian Peacekeeping operations

  • Rwanda

  • Somalia

  • Cambodia

  • East Timor

  • Solomon Islands

  • Bougainville

Diverse voices will reveal the experiences of those who served, as well as the impact on veterans and their families, and civilian communities.

The Australian War Memorial has an ongoing commitment to the inclusion and recognition of First Nations people and their experiences.

We encourage People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to share their stories for consideration and inclusion in the national collection. To share your stories or those of your family contact our Indigenous Liaison Officer, Michael Bell at Michael.Bell@awm.gov.au

The Pre-1914 Galleries will be developed between 2025 and 2028 as part of the main building works. The development process for this gallery will include audience evaluation and a community engagement program. Please check back here for future updates or sign up to Our Next Chapter e-newsletter to be involved in our future gallery developments.

Participate in Gallery Development

Australians have participated in extensive public consultation on exhibition development. For details see our Public Consultations page.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

The Australian War Memorial acknowledges the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia. We recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and waters. We pay our respects to elders past and present.