Members of the Families and Friends of the First AIF and other visitors to Canberra, in the coming weeks, will have the opportunity to visit the following exhibitions:
‘Advancing to Victory’ on at the Australian War Memorial. The exhibition features key personalities and battles, and draws on the Memorial’s unique collections. On display are original maps, outstanding photographs, and remarkable works of art, some never displayed before. Other treasures include medals awarded to Monash and Lord Birdwood, an 18-pounder field gun, and an exposed portion of a British Mark IV tank. For more information click here.
‘Billy Hughes and the War’ on at Old Parliament House covers Prime Minister Billy Hughes, the conscription debate and Australia’s involvement in the peace negotiations. For more information click here.
‘Shell-shocked: After the Armistice’ on at the National Archives of Australia commemorates the Armistice and the impact of World War I on Australian society. For more information click here.
Also a special Lest we forget: Commemorative event to mark the 90th anniversary of Armistice 1918 will be held at at the National Archives of Australia in Constitution Place on Sunday 9 November from 10.45 to 11.15am. For more information and a progam click here.
The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French governments for affording Australian and British soldiers – presently buried in mass graves at Pheasant Wood – dignified individual reburials in a new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and urge those responsible to ensure all necessary scientific and other means are employed to properly identify each soldier.