The permanent exhibition, which is titled Australia in the Great War, provides an insight into the country’s role in the First World War, and chronologically tells the history with a variety of interactive displays. Aiming to provide a modern and up-to-date collection of dioramas, personal items, artillery and firearms, the refurbished galleries will ensure that the stories of WWI live on for future generations to discover.
Visitors to the museum, including those on escorted Australian tours, will head on a journey of discovery, which begins in 1914 and continues with the enduring legacy of the war. Highlights of the exhibition include one of only two WWI German tanks in the world, the Bullecourt Tank, and General Sir John Monash’s uniform. Those visiting will also get to view the Winged Victory, which was once part of a stone memorial erected in 1919.
Preserving the stories of those who lost their lives
There are also a number of relics from the excavations at the site of the Pheasant Wood mass grave in 2010, which are thought to be some of the most moving artefacts on display at the museum. Telling the stories of individuals, the collection includes some of the belongings of Australian soldiers who gave their lives in the First World War, such as a woollen sock, tram tickets and religious tokens.
The refurbishment of the Australian War Memorial has been completed in time for the centenary of the Gallipoli landing and is in memory of the 62,000 Australians whose lives were claimed 100 years ago during the First World War. One of the displays includes an interactive map of Gallipoli, which was created using more than 150 aerial photos of the peninsula taken in 1915.
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