October 2016


Each year Australians observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

This year is the 98th anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War.
We encourage you to attend and experience Remembrance Day this year at the Memorial to remember all those who have served and sacrificed for Australia.
For details of the event go to: www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/remembrance/

For Country, for Nation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories of military service in times of war and peace are told in our new exhibition; For Country, for Nation which draws inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of the warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership, and skill.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have contributed to Australian defence forces from the Boer War to the present day. They have also worked in ancillary, industry, and other home-front activities, and their communities have been thrust into the front line of theatres of war. This exhibition highlights these stories and explores themes of remembrance and tradition through family histories, objects, art, and photographs.

Highlight tours
Every Tuesday, 4 October–29 November, 2016
11.30 am in the Special Exhibitions Gallery

Middle east permanent display 
Image P10271.002. Artillerymen train at the Australian-run Afghan National Army Artillery School at Camp Alamo in Kabul, February 2011. Photographer Nick Fletcher

A new permanent display within the existing Conflicts 1945 to today galleries opened to the public on 6 October 2016. The display presents the story of Australia’s involvement in the Middle East covering the First Gulf War, 1991; Operation Habitat, 1991; Maritime Interception Force; UN weapons inspections, 1991–99; the war in Afghanistan, 2001–14, and war in Iraq, 2003–09.

The display includes 218 items from the Memorial’s collection, and on loan from current and former Defence personnel.

This is the first major change since the Conflicts 1945 to today galleries opened in December 2007.

Afghanistan: the Australian Story DVD 

Afghanistan and the Middle East are now forever part of Australia’s national story.

Produced by renowned ABC journalist Chris Masters, the film largely comprises interviews, film and photographs from the Memorial’s collection on display in our gallery ‘Afghanistan: the Australian story

It includes additional interviews with current and former members of Australian Special Forces, and explores the experiences of our serving personnel and its impact on them and their families.

This is a 2 DVD set including the 60 minute film and a bonus disc of interviews. Rated M.

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Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is the flagship community event of the national Centenary of Anzac program. Around 200 artefacts from the Memorial’s National Collection are included in the exhibition, which recently celebrated over 220,000 visitors in Townsville.

This October the exhibition will be travelling to the Darwin Convention Centre, then onwards to Port Augusta and Perth for the remainder of 2016.

The exhibition has reached the halfway mark on its national tour, with nine locations remaining. For a full list of venues, show times, and information, visit http://www.spiritofanzac.gov.au/

Wartime – issue 76

The latest issue of Wartime magazine is dedicated to Indigenous service: why they enlisted and their experiences at war. Issue 76 is on sale from 10 October, so keep an eye on our website to get your copy.

Wartime is the military history magazine of the Australian War Memorial and a must-have for anyone with an interest in history.

Published quarterly, the magazine is devoted to the Australian experience of war; military history; and the effects of war on society. All features are written by eminent historians and deal fully and frankly with both the distressing and the lighter sides of war.

Each issue delivers many stories of courage and survival of both service personnel and civilians, illustrated throughout by images from the Memorial archives.

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School holiday activities

Join us for a range of family friendly activities throughout the school holidays and during the month of October:

Talks and Tours

Visit our events calender for the full list of public tours and talks being offered at the Memorial this October:

Friends of the Memorial 

Get in early for Christmas. A Friends of the Memorialmembership is a great gift with new Defence and Student categories – join online today!

The special Friends-only activities give you an insider’s view of the Memorial’s exhibitions and galleries.

Memberships can include additional adults or children. Clubs and organisations are also welcome to join.

Visit our website for more information.

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50th Anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan and Vietnam Veterans’ Day DVD

18 August, 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan on Vietnam Veterans’ Day.  To commemorate the battle and Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, a National Service was held at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra. Veterans and their families, service personnel and members of the public attended the commemorative services organised by the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia and funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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