The courage for peace

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This special exhibition honours those Australians who work tirelessly to avert tragedy and build peace.

From Bougainville to East Timor; Rwanda to Solomon Islands - explore the stories behind peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, where Australian civilians, diplomats, police and military, have shown the courage to make peace.

The children of Nuhu village farewell a RAMSI outreach team in the Shortland Islands, March 2011.

The children of Nuhu village farewell a RAMSI outreach team in the Shortland Islands, March 2011.
Photo: Tom Perry

Entry to the exhibition is free
Open daily 10am - 5pm

History shows a perpetual tension between humankind’s capacity for conflict and its capacity for compassion, its ability to commit atrocities and its ability to envisage a better world.

Sapper Keith Bawdan, of Kelmscott, WA, and Aitkenvale, Qld, greets one of the local children looking on behind the perimeter wire.

Baidoa, Somalia.1993. B Squadron, 3/4 Cavalry Regiment and engineers combined to work on repairs to the Baidoa school. Sapper Keith Bawdan, of Kelmscott, WA, and Aitkenvale, Qld, greets one of the local children looking on behind the perimeter wire.

Australia’s peacemakers, peacekeepers, disaster-relief workers, and capacity builders operate in the midst of this tension. They work with strategic minds and courageous hearts to avert tragedy and build peace.

The Courage for Peace tells the story of their crucial work, showing how the conditions for peace are forged by the difficult, necessary, ongoing commitment of many.

 

An Isatabu Freedom Movement guerilla on patrol on the Weathercoast, Solomon Islands, 2000.  P04580.059

An Isatabu Freedom Movement guerilla on patrol on the Weathercoast, Solomon Islands, 2000.
Ben Bohane, P04580.059
During the political unrest in Solomon Islands, a Commonwealth delegation led by Australian and New Zealand assisted with peace negotiations between the Solomon Islands government and militant groups.

Their work takes many forms in diverse locations. Australians have contributed to the efforts of the United Nations in war zones across the globe, as well as to disaster relief and nation-building in our own region. The Courage for Peace focuses on Australia’s recent peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in the Asia–Pacific, and Australia’s diplomatic efforts to prevent conflict, including in support of the United Nations and the international rules-based order. Together, these show how Australia works regionally and globally towards peace for itself and for others.

This exhibition honours all who work towards peace for their persistence, idealism, courage, and achievements.

Courage for Peace

The Courage for Peace

Curator-led tours

12.30 pm, Special Exhibition Gallery, 10 December 2019 and 18 February 2020
Join a curator-led tour of the Memorial’s new exhibition, The courage for peace, exploring its themes and personal stories.

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Exhibition opening speech

The Courage for Peace exhibition was launched by Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women at the Australian War Memorial on the 17th of October 2019.