“Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.” (Charles Bean, 1948)
The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.
From the entrance, you can see the copper-clad dome of the Hall of Memory – inside of which lies the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier.
Stepping through the front entrance to the Memorial, your attention is immediately captured by the Commemorative Courtyard. Straight ahead is the Pool of Reflection.
Surrounding the courtyard and glimpsed through arched cloisters is the Roll of Honour. Here are inscribed in bronze the names of virtually every Australian who has died in war since 1885 – more than 102,000 people. Australia is one of the few nations able to name its war dead so completely. Walking past the Roll gives an impression of the magnitude of this loss. Many visitors insert paper poppies in the niches of the Roll of Honour, next to a name that has significance for them.
The Australian War Memorial is listed on the
Commonwealth Heritage List,
National Heritage List,
Register of the National Estate,
ACT Royal Australian Institute of Architects National Heritage List and Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture,
ACT National Trust Register.
(Source: Australian War Memorial Website)
Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot in March 2011. Tone mapped in PSE 9.
10 views at 3rd September 2011.
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