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The Australian War Memorial - Canberra, Australia


The Australian War Memorial is something to behold when you visit the nation's capital. It is a "must see". The remembrance of the men and women who have fought for the freedom of Australians plus many other countries is remembered at this institution in extraordinary ways. It's a gold coin donation to get in as well, which is amazing.

The Wall of Remembrance lists all Australian men and women who fought and lost their lives for our country. You can see by the image above the price of human lives that has been paid - and that was just in the 1st World War.

The exhibition presents the story of Australia in the First World War chronologically, covering all major theatres of operations: Gallipoli; the Western Front; Sinai and Palestine; and the war at sea. It was confronting. And exhausting.

The Second World War Galleries show how Australians fought in campaigns in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and south-east Asia. It covers the experience of those on the home front, for it was during this war that the Australian mainland came under direct attack for the first time. I will save the World War II exhibition for another day.

At the time I was there, there was also a special armed forces exhibit open with over 600 objects, rarely seen by the public.

 

LOCATION: Treloar Crescent (at the top of Anzac Parade), Campbell.

HOURS: The gallery is open every day 10am-5pm. They start closing galleries from 4.40pm.

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