Unique Victoria Cross exhibition opens in Western Australia

To mark the last 100 days leading to the Centenary of Armistice on 11 November 1918/2018, the Australian Army Museum of Western Australia will host a unique exhibition on the Victoria Cross.

CAPTIONThe medal group of Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC, MG. Image cropped from official portrait by Lauren Black.

This will be the largest exhibition of Victoria Cross medals outside the Australian War Memorial, with six original Victoria Crosses, together with the story of their recipients and the action resulting in the award on display from 8 August through to 11 November 2018.

Also part of the display, replica medal groups, photos and citations of all Western Australians awarded the Victoria Cross from Frederick Bell in South Africa in 1901 to Ben Roberts-Smith in Afghanistan in 2010 will be displayed.

Assistant Manager of the AAMWA Captain Wayne Gardiner said the Australian Army Museum of Western Australia was privileged and delighted to be able to hold such a large display of original Victoria Crosses as part of the exhibition.

“This is a most significant exhibition and a wonderful opportunity for the public of Western Australia to view this unique combination of historically important awards based around the highest award for outstanding courage in battle that Australians can be awarded – the famous Victoria Cross,” Captain Gardiner said.

“It will be many years before such a comprehensive display will ever be seen again in WA.

“As the exhibition is open for quite a long time, it gives visitors ample opportunity to plan their visit, and I strongly encourage them to see this unique installation.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 8 August to 11 November 2018, from of 10:30am to 3pm (last entry at 1pm).

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

For further information please visit armymuseumwa.com.au

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