For all generations, of all Australians, a place to honour, to learn and to heal.
Deeply affected by what he witnessed during the bloody battle of Pozières in 1916, Australia’s first official war correspondent, Charles Bean, was determined that the sacrifice of Australian soldiers should not be forgotten. He envisioned a national war museum and resolved to build what is now the Australian War Memorial. It would act as a shrine to their memory, a museum to house their relics, and an archive to preserve the record of their thoughts and deeds.
A century on, our Memorial is the centre of national commemoration for Australia’s involvement in conflict, telling the stories of Australia’s service men and women and their experiences in war – and more recently in, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.
However, the stories of the 100,000 Australian veterans who have served in the past three decades remain mostly untold.
Through the modernisation and expansion of our galleries and buildings, we will tell the continuing story of Australia’s contemporary contribution to a better world through the eyes of those who have served in modern conflicts. In doing so, we will connect the spirit of our past, present and future for generations to come.
In their words
Within its galleries, our Memorial tells the stories of those who serve in Australia’s military forces.
As part of our continuing story, we have featured nine current and recent service men and women.
Each of these people has a story to tell and their stories form a vital part of our narrative. They are a small group representing the broader vision behind the project — through their eyes, we see reflected their sacrifice, service, mateship and courage.
Read their stories below.