Friends of the Memorial

Recent activities

In June Friends enjoyed a tour of Icon and archive: photography and the world wars with the exhibition’s curator, Dr Shaune Lakin. This exhibition has now moved from the Memorial’s Special Exhibitions Gallery, and has been replaced by Advancing to victory, 1918, which is the final in the series of 90th anniversary exhibitions.

Friends were treated to a before-hours tour of the Conflicts 1945 to today galleries in July. Led by one of the Memorial’s volunteer guides, the tour was very well received, particularly given the personal experiences of our guide and members of the group.

On 16 August the Memorial opened up its large-objects storage facility to members of the public. This event happens once a year and many visitors took the opportunity to view seldom-seen objects and learn more from the Memorial’s staff. Friends were lucky to have early access to this event, with close to 80 enjoying the experience an hour before the crowds.

The Memorial is hosting an international history conference, 1918: Year of Victory, to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Outstanding First World War scholars from various nations will present their latest research findings and discuss issues surrounding the end of the Great War, its memory and effects. Details can be found at

Reserved Seating

Remembrance Day is fast approaching. Friends who are eligible for reserved seating will already have received their invitations. All Friends are invited to attend the Friends’ breakfast and presentations. Please see below for details.

Friends’ Remembrance Day breakfast and presentation

Tuesday 11 November8 am, Outpost Café

CaféCome and join other Friends for an exclusive hot and cold buffet breakfast before the National Remembrance Day Ceremony. Following breakfast we will move to the BAE Systems Theatre to hear presentations by Memorial staff. One of the presentations will outline the new developments on the eastern side of the Memorial; the other will give Friends a sneak peek at the A is for animals exhibition opening in February 2009.

  • $30 per person
  • RSVP 4 November

NovemberPayment is required at the time of booking. You can pay by credit card (Mastercard or Visa only), cheque or money order. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone; cheque or money order payments should be made out to the Australian War Memorial and accompanied by a note clearly stating your name(s) and what you are paying for.

Diary dates

Friday 24 October 2008 • Opening of Advancing to victory, 1918 The exhibition runs until 11 February 2009

Tuesday 11 November 2008 • Remembrance Day Friends’ Remembrance Day breakfast Anniversary Oration

Thursday 27 – Friday 28 November 2008 • 1918: Year of Victory international military history conference

Friday 28 November 2008 • Opening of Over the front: the Great War in the air

Friday 27 February 2009 • Opening of A is for animals The exhibition runs through 22 July

Contact details

For enquiries about the Friends of the Memorial program, contact the Friends Coordinator:
(02) 6243 4523
or write to –
GPO Box 345
Canberra ACT 2601

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