Anzac Square Memorial Galleries


Commemorate differently this Anzac Day and honour those who served by visiting Anzac Square Memorial Galleries online.

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries encourages Queenslanders to delve deeper into Queensland’s military history exploring online collections, written accounts and resources curated by State Library of Queensland.

With a little help from voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, be transported back in time by listening to moving and interesting tales from WWI, WWII and beyond. There is also the opportunity to request a poppy be laid at Anzac Square on your behalf, hear The Last Post and be led in a minute’s silence. Get started by simply saying “Launch Anzac Stories” to your voice assistant.

Through your voice activated assistant you may choose to “Ask Anzac Stories to place a poppy” and staff will lay a poppy in the Memorial Gallery of your choice, WWI, WWII or post 1945 or on a specific memorial plaque. You can choose to receive a confirmation email with an image as a keepsake from Anzac Square, advising your poppy has been placed. Anzac Square social media will be used to display images of the poppies placed in the Galleries.

If you are conducting a service from home this year, use Anzac Stories to play The Last Post and be guided through a minute’s silence.

Visit the Anzac Square website to discover other ways to commemorate differently, activities include:

  • Reading State Library curated eBooks, blogs and personal stories detailing Australia’s intriguing military history

  • Watching free films and documentaries that relate to Australia’s military history

  • Learning the history of the Anzac cookie then bake at home using an old and trusted recipe

  • Reciting The Ode and research its history via State Library’s One Search catalogue

  • Downloading and creating your own poppy and writing a message to remember those who served

    Anzac Square Memorial Galleries provides public recognition for those who have served our nation and preserves their legacy by offering generations of Queenslanders a place to reflect on their commitment, bravery and sacrifice.

    Commemorate differently this Anzac Day by visiting anzacsquare.qld.gov.au and following Anzac Square Memorial Galleries on social media and gain a greater understanding of Australia’s military past.

    Queenslanders are encouraged to share how they are commemorating differently this Anzac Day by tagging Anzac Square on social media and using the hashtag #AnzacSquare.

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    Canberra Anzac Day dawn service plans yet to be finalised | The Canberra Times


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    Anxious Canberra veterans have called on ACT Health to tell them if they will be able to attend the dawn service or march on Anzac Day this year as a COVID-19 cloud hovers over the national commemoration. The Australian War Memorial has submitted a proposal to health officials in the hope a crowd will be able to attend the iconic dawn service on April 25, but a decision on logistics is yet to be finalised. Veterans are hopeful they will be able to attend after the coronavirus lockdown forced the memorial to downscale its events last year. The Dawn Service regularly attracts more than 20,000 people to the memorial lawns, but attendees will likely need a ticket if it goes ahead this year. Anzac Day marches in Hobart and Melbourne have already been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions while other states are pushing ahead. Sydney’s Anzac Day march was given approval earlier this month, limited to 500 people and services will go ahead as normal in Queensland. ACT Health has increased attendance numbers to full capacity at Canberra Stadium for ticketed sporting events in the latest relaxation of restrictions. Most large events must be ticketed and the CBR Check-In app must be used with the majority of indoor performance venues returning to 75 per cent capacity. RSL ACT branch president John King said veterans feared they would be locked out for the second year in a row, adding it was particularly important for veterans and families to commemorate the day after a turbulent 12 months. “It’s been a very difficult time and a lot of my members are not getting any younger … every year that goes by is another year they potentially can’t march anymore,” he said. “It becomes very concerning for them, they get anxious about it of course. “I am now fielding phone calls with people saying, ‘What’s happening, John? What can we do? Remember this is the last year I’ve got’.” “The longer we leave the decision, and that’s a little bit out of our hands, the harder it becomes logistically.” Mr King said RSL sub-branches across the city would run smaller events within COVID-19 restrictions and suggested those who couldn’t attend once again take to their driveways to commemorate the day. “I’ve got one veteran who is 100 years old, he served in World War II, and this could be his last opportunity to take part in something that he sort of has in his blood,” Mr King said. “He knows there are none of his mates left and he feels it is very important to do something for the last time perhaps. “We’ve got families who have lost people in recent operations and as far as back as World War I, people are still commemorating those losses.” An ACT Health spokeswoman said it was working with the War Memorial to ensure any event operated within COVID safe event protocol. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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    There is ‘no excuse’ for governments not to hold ANZAC Day commemorations



    Sky News host Paul Murray says Australia must have an ANZAC Day this year identical to the one in 2019 and hopes state governments follow Queensland’s example to keep the commemoration.

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    Anzac Day events in Hobart cancelled, as RSLs around Australia follow their own lead


    Another Anzac Day parade has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic amid concerns over the ability for such an event to be run safely.

    In a statement on Friday, the Tasmanian RSL announced Tasmania’s parade through the streets of Hobart would not proceed on April 25.

    RSL Tasmania president Robert Dick said social distancing requirements made the march unfeasible and “very hard to police”.

    “You do have situations where there’s narrower streets people have to go through … to have people 1.5 metres apart, it would extend the march for a great length of time and it would be very hard to police,” he said.

    Anzac Day events are unlikely to look the way they did in years past.(ABC News: Gregor Salmon)

    “Please accept the fact that this is not any easy decision.

    “We’re disappointed, however the safety of our veterans and the public is foremost in our minds.”

    The dawn service and commemorative wreath-laying service would still go ahead at the Hobart Cenotaph, but would be smaller events, he said.

    “You can make sure there is plenty of space for social distancing.”

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    The RSL said the “traditional Anzac Day commemoration will go ahead this year” in Perth.(ABC News: Gian De Poloni)

    Mr Dick said there would still be opportunities to remember the sacrifice made by servicemen and women.

    He urged people to commemorate from home or go to their local RSL service if it was being run.

    Burnie, in Tasmania’s north-west, is proceeding with the parade through the town.

    Last week, RSL Victoria announced the cancellation of Melbourne’s Anzac Day parade.

    New South Wales will go ahead with its Anzac Day parade on April 25.

    The Sydney CBD March will be limited to 500 participants.

    Anzac Day Parade in Hobart 2017
    Tasmanians are being urged to “commemorate from home or go to their local RSL service”.(ABC News: Aneeta Bhole)

    RSL NSW will conduct a ballot for veterans to participate in the March and places will be allocated across each service branch and conflict from World War II to current operations.

    RSL NSW president Ray James said the “Light Up the Dawn” campaign would happen again this year.

    Parades in Adelaide and Darwin will still go ahead.

    Queensland’s march and service in Brisbane will go ahead, but it will only involve invited veterans and feature scaled down events compared with previous years.

    RSL WA said the “traditional Anzac Day commemoration will go ahead this year with a dawn service at the State War Memorial, a street parade through the Perth CBD and the commemorative service at the Perth Concert Hall”.

    It is yet to be decided if there will be a march in Canberra.

    Anzac Day commemorations will still take place at the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra.

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    Behind closed doors, council may be caving on Anzac Oval


    By KIERAN FINNANE

    The Town Council has requested mediation, provided for under the Land Acquisition Act, as the NT Government pursues compulsory acquisition of Anzac Oval for its proposed national Aboriginal art gallery.

    CEO Robert Jennings said the request had been the subject of three conversations with representatives of the NT Government, with no clarity of response.

    Councillor Marli Banks reminded her fellow Elected Members of the resolution that binds them on this issue.

    Moved by Cr Eli Melky, seconded by herself and supported unanimously at the Special Meeting she called on 7 May 2020 to respond to the threat, it resolves that council “will challenge any attempt made by the NT Government to compulsory acquire Anzac Oval.”

    Reading between the lines, as Cr Banks was choosing her words carefully so as not to breach confidentiality rules, she was reacting to a softening of position within council.

    The resolution is clear, she said, and it means that officers don’t have authority to change direction, nor does any one Elected Member.

    Cr Matt Paterson countered with another resolution of council, dating from December 2019.

    It’s worth quoting in full, although his point was around “looking for a solution”, emphasising the resolution’s provision for negotiation with the NT Government on the site.

    Moved by Cr Paterson, seconded by Cr Eli Melky, it reads:

    1. Council has determined their National Aboriginal Art Gallery site preference as listed below and seek to proceed into negotiations with NT Government on the chosen site:

    The southern portion of the Council managed Anzac Oval site (Lot 678) with a linear connection to the former Anzac Hill High School site to the north (owned by the NT Government). This proposal would leave the oval surface, grandstands, Youth Centre, Totem Theatre and 50+ Centre retained. That Alice Springs Town Council negotiate the southern portion of the Council managed ANZAC Oval Site once the Northern Territory Government provide Alice Springs Town Council evidence of custodian support of the location.

    2. Confirm their strong belief in the formation of a multilateral partnership group of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal representatives that can drive forward the National Aboriginal Art Gallery project in an inclusive, effective and consultative manner for the benefit of the Alice Springs community, the Territory and the organisation.

    The lack of “evidence of custodian support” has been the sticking point oft-quoted, including by Cr Paterson.

    The government feels that it has cleared that hurdle with the letter from Lhere Artepe supporting the Anzac location – a position rejected by the Mparntwe custodian group.

    With the possibility having been floated of Lhere Artepe retracting their support, Cr Banks drew her colleagues’ attention to the report in the Alice Springs News, published while last night’s meeting was in train, that the government will proceed at the Anzac site, irrespective of any change coming now.

    “We’re in a very precarious position,” said Cr Banks, given the “highly contested, volatile conversation, complex history” of the matter.

    She was not prepared “to concede defeat” despite the NT Governments “standover and intimidation” seeking toallow this process to bulldoze through.”

    She called for as much information as possible to be made available to the public “to guide where we are going.”

    The whole art gallery process has been noteworthy for the lack of public information or, when it has been available, it has been either brief to the point of cryptic or massaged to the government’s message.

    Image at top: The drawn-out saga around the possible use of Anzac Oval initially got a lot of public attention, more than most issues, but it has quietened now. Here people gather for a rally in September 2018 ahead of a council meeting, to protest the possible change.

     

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    Gallery for Anzac, native title consent or not


    By ERWIN CHLANDA

    The government will push ahead with the national art gallery on the Anzac Oval precinct no matter what is decided by Lhere Artepe at a key meeting tomorrow.

    The native title organisation is currently supporting the controversial location but senior elders persist with their demands that the facility, for cultural reasons, should not be built north of The Gap.

    “The NT Government has received and relied on support from Lhere Artepe, which represents the three estate groups, for the Anzac Precinct. We have no additional information that this is to change,” Arts Minister Chansey Paech told the Alice Springs News in an exclusive interview this afternoon.

    The Minister made it clear that even if Lhere Artepe withdraws its support for the Anzac Precinct the project will be built there, as the process for compulsory acquisition from the Town Council of Anzac Oval is entering its next stage.

    NEWS: That process can be stopped if – against your expectations – something happens at the Lhere Artepe meeting tomorrow, and withdraws its consent.

    PAECH: I’ll be very clear, we are going ahead with the compulsory acquisition. The government has made a clear decision, the previous Cabinet had decided on the Anzac Precinct. That is our preferred location. We’re in that position with the Alice Springs Town Council. They can move aside and allow the acquisition to go through without any cost to rate and taxpayers, or we can end up in court to do that. That’s a process that Minister Lawler has carriage of. We are not letting go of the economic and social opportunities, and the opportunities for Aboriginal people from Alice Springs to be involved in this project.

    NEWS: We spoke to five of the top people, in a traditional sense, and they all said going south of The Gap is an issue. If they succeed tomorrow, what will you do?

    PAECH: We have written correspondence from Lhere Artepe saying we can go ahead with that site.

    NEWS: Is the opinion of the senior people important in the decision making?

    PAECH: Absolutely. But we already have that written correspondence highlighting the support from the three estate groups who are supportive of this huge economic opportunity for the town.

    NEWS: Are you familiar with the tensions and conflicts within Lhere Artepe over the last …

    PAECH: There is tension within everything, Erwin. Nothing has 100% consensus and it never will. They are the registered native title bodies whom government needs to work with if they are looking for Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) or native projects in and around the town. Based on their support we’re continuing with the Anzac Precinct site.

    NEWS: Irrespective of opposition from senior Aborigines?

    PAECH: I am not going to get into hypotheticals.

    Mr Paech says Lhere Artepe support has allowed the government to continue with the compulsory acquisition of the site.

    The period for mediation and consultation with the town council has now elapsed: “We will continue with the proceedings to acquire the land, or we will hopefully be in a position where the Town Council sees the economic opportunities for the town and allows the acquisition.”

    Aboriginal people should not be outside of town while major hotels or business opportunities will be built in the CBD, creating “major visitation spend” and reactivating the town.

    Mr Paech rejected outright any suggestion of a deal between the government and Lhere Artepe over the gallery, but he was struggling to explain why the government was spending $20m on ILUAs with Lhere Artepe while it owned freehold the sewerage plant, about two square kilometres in size, unencumbered by native title, and positioned in the middle of the municipality.

    Mr Paech said it was clear the facility some day had to be replaced with a recycling plant as water in The Centre becomes scarce.

    He says the $20m project is part of an ILUA between the government and Lhere Artepe … around future planning for residential and commercial land.

    PAECH: That process is separate. It’s been identified by the department as land which we need and which we’ve been looking for some time.

    NEWS: That’s the point. You’ve already got it. In the form of the sewerage plant. Why spend an extra $20m to buy more?

    IMAGE: Town Council sketch last year of the gallery on Anzac Oval.

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    From Anzac biscuits to ARIA nominations: How Canberra music teacher CJ Shaw inspires his students


    For a lot of Australians, the annual ARIA Music Awards stoke memories of Delta Goodrem, Silverchair and passionate Tina Arena speeches.

    But this year, for Canberrans, there is a nominee to be found closer to home.

    Palmerston Primary School music teacher CJ Shaw is one of just four people nominated for the ARIA Music Teacher award.

    If he wins, it will be a first for the ACT — and a huge deal for the little community of kids who say he is the best teacher they have ever had.

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    Music teacher CJ Shaw tackles tricky topics like war, through song.(ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

    The ARIA Music Teacher Award was introduced in 2017, to recognise the huge impact music teachers have on kids throughout Australia.

    With his fedora on and sticker-studded guitar in hand, Mr Shaw works hard to make singing a spiritual experience for his students.

    His teaching career began five years ago, after spending his 20s touring as a musician.

    “The family trade called me back,” Mr Shaw laughed.

    “We are all teachers as far as the eye can see from aunts to uncles to brothers and sisters and mums and dads, we are all teachers.”

    His songs are original and help make subjects that aren’t always fun a treat — perfect for Palmerston Primary in Canberra’s north, which is home to a lot of families with ties to the armed forces.

    Earlier this year Mr Shaw wrote an original song about ANZAC biscuits to help students think about the complexities of war.

    “Gonna bake my dad some Anzac biscuits, send them to the war,” the lyrics state.

    “Gonna bake my dad some Anzac biscuits, make sure that he comes home.

    “Gonna bake enough for my sister, gonna bake enough for my mum

    “Gonna bake enough for my next door neighbour, who lost both his sons.”

    “I wanted to give students access to understanding,” Mr Shaw explained.

    The song did what it intended, and the students have gone on to record it in a converted studio classroom, make a stop-motion video to accompany it, and it has been picked up my the Australian War Memorial and ABC Radio Canberra.

    “The kids felt like rockstars, there’s been great ownership from the whole school,” Mr Shaw said.

    “There’s probably 30 voices on the track but you can go through and you can ask any number of kids and they’d swear it’s actually them.

    “Even if I’ve never taught them … they’d be like, ‘Nah I think that’s me!'”

    Principal Kate Smith, who nominated Mr Shaw for the award, said children are often heard rapping their times tables or singing a passionate rendition of the homophone song in the playground.

    “The staff get into it as well,” she said.

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    ‘When I grow up I want to teach people to sing like Mr Shaw’

    Ms Smith called Mr Shaw “a magician”, and a quick look around his music room shows his students think so, too.

    Heart shaped sticky notes stuck all over the walls tell a story of what music has grown to mean to the kids.

    “When I listen to music, it makes me feel like myself,” one reads.

    “I love music because it can change your mood!” writes another.

    Year five student Alex said it was the happiness that Mr Shaw brought to music that made him such a good teacher. 

    Skyla, grade two, said she looks up to Mr Shaw.

    “He has taught me to express my voice better,” she said.

    “When I grow up I want to teach people to sing like Mr Shaw.”

    During lockdown when children weren’t in classrooms, Mr Shaw made regular appearances in the loungerooms of school families. 

    “A lot of parents were actually really sad when the kids came back to school because it meant they weren’t getting a daily dose of CJ in their loungerooms,” Ms Smith said.

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    Rock legend Jimmy Barnes — performing here with Jessica Mauboy during the 30th ARIA Awards — announced Mr Shaw’s nomination.(AAP: Paul Miller)

    From one legend to another

    But while Mr Shaw is considered a rock star in his own right around the school yard, there is another rock star in this story.

    When Mr Shaw was contacted by the ARIA team to see who he wanted to announce his nomination, only one name came to mind.

    “There are only very few times in your life that you can just say ‘Jimmy Barnes’ and look them in the eye,” he said.

    A few weeks later, Barnsey was beamed out through on a projector in Mr Shaw’s classroom.

    “Music is a way of expressing how you feel inside,” he told the year five class.

    With just under a month to go until voting for the ARIA Music Teacher Award closes, Mr Shaw’s school have issued a rallying cry to the Canberra community to get behind one of their own.

    “The community is certainly behind him, and we would love to see the Canberra community get behind him as well,” Ms Smith said.



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    Kevin Sheedy calls for Sydney Swans, GWS Giants ANZAC Day game


    Long-time coaches John Longmire and Leon Cameron both lamented this week the impact not having games in Sydney would have on the market.

    More than 60,000 fans watched the two clubs play in the Giants’ maiden final in 2016 but attendances dropped off last year as it became apparent the Swans were on the decline.

    The Swans and the Giants played a brutal, and memorable, qualifying final in 2016.

    The Swans and the Giants played a brutal, and memorable, qualifying final in 2016.Credit:Getty

    Battling the economic downturn of the pandemic and lower on-field expectations, the Swans’ membership is down by 24 per cent, from last year’s record of 61,912 to 46,935, while the Giants have signed 27,316 after making the 2019 grand final, down marginally on their best of 30,108 last year.

    Sheedy wants to see the Sydney derby become an ANZAC Day tradition, just as his former club Essendon and Collingwood have made the fixture their own in Melbourne. The game would most likely have to be played at night if given the go ahead.

    Under his plan, the match would be known as the Battle for the Bridge, in reference to the ANZAC Bridge, and be held at the SCG, with members of the armed forces to be invited.

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    The two clubs have clashed over the naming of their games, with the Swans preferring the traditional moniker of the derby.

    “The Battle of the Bridge is still the best game if they get it right and they haven’t got the guts and the courage to run it that way,” Sheedy told the Herald.

    “Can someone get it right and make ANZAC Day one of the great days in Sydney for AFL by always having the Swans play the Giants on ANZAC Day?

    “It would always be at SCG, should be full house, and the military invited.

    “Just imagine a packed house with the army, navy and air force at the game. That’s my Dreamtime game for the Swans and the Giants.”

    Sheedy said the third club in Sydney should be based in the city’s south-west but cannot see the AFL agreeing due to likely fierce opposition from Tasmania.

    “I give the Giants 10 years and the AFL should have a plan for a third team in Sydney within a decade, even after COVID,” Sheedy said.

    “There’s that much room for improvement in Sydney it’s a joke. If they bring a third team in the other two [Swans and Giants] will wake up again.

    Sheedy accused the AFL, which is fighting the biggest financial crisis to hit the sport, of not being “adventurous” in its strategy for Sydney, and said Swans and Giants administrators were too nice.

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    “Marshmallow administrators right through the AFL, Swans and Giants they’re all marshmallows at the moment,” Sheedy said.

    As Essendon coach, Sheedy famously labelled former North Melbourne executives Greg Miller and Mark Dawson “marshmallows”, which fuelled the two clubs’ rivalry in the late 1990s. Kangaroos fans responded by pelting him with the candy after North beat the Bombers in a final in 1998.

    Harley laughed off the marshmallow line and agreed with Sheedy on the point of growing the code in NSW but held a different view on a third team in Sydney.

    “At grass roots level participation numbers in NSW have grown substantially in the past decade, especially female participation,” Harley said. “But before we talk about more teams there is still plenty we need to do, which will require investment, particularly in facilities.”

    The AFL did not comment but pointed to improved TV ratings in NSW and Queensland this year.

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    Australian War Memorial proposed development of Anzac Hall slammed as ‘wasteful’ ‘arrogant’ and ‘objectionable’


    A half a billion dollar expansion of the Australian War Memorial (AWM) has been called “wasteful” and “arrogant” by academics, architects, public servants and family of those killed in war at a public hearing in Canberra.

    A federal parliamentary committee began examining the controversial plans yesterday, which includes the demolition of Anzac Hall to make way for a much larger exhibition space at the War Memorial.

    The committee heard from stakeholders on the project, who are concerned about the development plans, the cost of the project, the lack of community consultation, and the proposal’s effect on the War Memorial’s heritage status.

    Historian Dr David Stephens from the Australian National University spoke on behalf of the Heritage Guardians, a group of 82 individuals, who made a submission to the inquiry.

    “This has been a slipshod and arrogant exercise in public administration, a deeply flawed process,” he said.

    “The work, the Memorial development, is unnecessary and has many objectionable features.”

    Plans to demolish award-winning Anzac Hall

    A bridge connects the new Anzac Hall with the main building
    The proposed glazed courtyard would feature a bridge between the new Anzac Hall and the main building.(Supplied: Australian War Memorial)

    At the heart of the “objectionable features” is the redevelopment of Anzac Hall, which the Heritage Gardens submission said “cannot be justified”.

    “The extensions will destroy the Memorial’s character, affect its heritage status, and entail the demolition of Anzac Hall — opened in 2001 and winner of the 2005 Sir Zelman Cowen Award for outstanding public architecture,” the submission read.

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    The Eternal Flame is a sculptural feature of the Pool of Reflection in the courtyard of the Australian War Memorial.(ABC News: Gregory Nelson)

    Peter Stanley, who worked at the Memorial for 27 years as their principal historian, said the AWM’s plan was based on a flawed notion that a bigger display of historic military aircraft and vehicles would help veterans heal from their experience.

    “It has no medical or clinical or academic basis, I describe it as snake oil,” he said.

    “I called it the hydroxychloroquine of the museum world.”

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    Since losing her husband in the Iraq war, Kellie Merritt and her children regularly visit the War Memorial, and are concerned about the new development.(Supplied)

    For war widows like Kellie Merritt, whose husband was killed in Iraq, the imposition the new expansion will have on the Pool of Reflection is of concern.

    “It’s the heart of the Australian War Memorial and sets an intangible but meaningful tone that will be changed by having a brutish building on its shoulders,” she told the inquiry.

    Ms Merritt also raised concerns that demolition of Anzac Hall was wasteful, and the new proposal risked glorifying war.

    “Replacing it with a gigantic structure to display decommissioned military hardware and an F-111 fighter jet serves to distract and distance us from the understanding of commemorating and honouring our war dead,” she said.

    “This proposal, I feel, runs the risk of glorifying war.”

    War Memorial head defends consultation process

    Aerial shot of the Australian War Memorial
    What the new Australian War Memorial would look like from the sky.(Supplied: Australian War Memorial)

    Draft plans for the AWM development were announced by then-director Brendan Nelson in 2018.

    At the time, Mr Nelson repeatedly referenced the “Invictus generation” of Australian servicepeople who had served in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and East Timor, and his desire to have them acknowledged within the Memorial.

    The AWM’s plans state that the motivation behind the development is “to modernise and expand our galleries and buildings so we can tell the continuing story of Australia’s contemporary contribution to a better world, through the eyes of those who have served in modern conflicts, connecting the spirit of our past, present, and future for generations to come”.

    “The detailed plans will ensure the heritage facade remains unchanged.”

    The plans also have bi partisan federal political support.

    Current director of the AWM Matthew Anderson defended the process so far, and said the AWM “engaged in national consultations” with stakeholders and the community.

    “We’ve visited 42 different cities to talk about what it is we want to achieve through the redevelopment,” he said.

    Mr Anderson added that the project would have many benefits for Canberra’s economy.

    “There is an economic benefit that’s going to flow from the building,” he said.

    “We estimate that it’s going to create 300 hundred construction jobs, 400 additional jobs after the project is completed.”

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    Shannon Battison from the Australian Institute of Architects said she was not opposed to expanding the memorial, but demolishing Anzac Hall — a building that was already specially designed to modernise the AWM — set a wasteful precedent.

    “It’s a very dangerous precedent to set if we allow our really important iconic public architecture to be redeveloped without the processes and safeguards,” Ms Battison said.

    “A brief that dictates that [Anzac Hall] be demolished and something new put in its place feels unnecessary, and we could have experimented with some really wonderful ideas.”

    The committee will now assess whether there is a need for the work, the cost-effectiveness of the proposal, the amount of revenue it will produce, and whether the work proposed is suitable.

    It is unknown when the committee will deliver its findings.



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