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Lest we forget

The Australian War Memorial, Canberra.


“This Unknown Australian is not interred here to glorify war over peace; or to assert a soldier’s character above a civilian’s; or one race or one nation or one religion above another; or men above women; or the war in which he fought and died above any other war; or of one generation above any that has or will come later.

The Unknown Soldier honours the memory of all those men and women who laid down their lives for Australia.

His tomb is a reminder of what we have lost in war and what we have gained.”

Excerpt from eulogy delivered by the Prime Minister,
The Hon. P. J. Keating MP, at the funeral service of the Unknown Australian Soldier, Australian War Memorial,
11 November 1993.

The museums of Australia and New Zealand have come together to provide, in respectful commemoration, a wide range of projects, exhibitions and events, which explore the First World War and its impacts on those who fought and their families during the war and in the years which followed.

A  listing of events and activities by CAMD member museums commemorating the First World War and the centenary of Gallipoli can be found here.

Council of Australasian Museum Directors, c/o Ms Daryl Karp, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House PO Box 3934 Manuka, Australian Capital Territory 2603 Australia, © CAMD 2021
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