Australian War Memorial, Canberra

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    THE FOUR PILLARS - PART 4

    by balhannah Updated Nov 18, 2009

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    AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL........
    Inside the Hall of Memory, you will see four pillars standing together.

    These four pillars are all differently shaped and are made from materials symbolizing the four elements.

    • THE GLASS PILLAR, icy and colorless, symbolizes WATER and suggests the flow of change and transfiguration of souls.

    • THE STONE PILLAR, symbolizes EARTH, and is associated with permanence and endurance, physical structure and the coldness of death.

    • THE METAL PILLAR, symbolizes FIRE, and is associated with energy and passion, patriotism and bravery.

    • THE WOODEN PILLAR, symbolizes AIR, with its polished surface, it’s associated with disembodied spirit and the souls of the dead.

    It was very interesting to know the meanings of each Pillar.
    This concludes on what there is to see in the Hall of Memory.

    Make sure you visit, IT IS A MUST SEE, so sad, probably more moving for Australian’s like me, but anybody will find the aura of this place take you over.

    THE FOUR PILLARS
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    COMMEMORATIVE AREA…PART 1

    by balhannah Updated Nov 18, 2009

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    COMMEMORATIVE AREA…PART 1

    When you enter the War Memorial, if you keep on walking, then you would walk into this area.
    The large “POOL OF REFLECTION,” with the Eternal flame burning is located here, and on either side are arched cloisters which record the Wars in which the Australian forces have fought.

    Lining the walls are small gargoyles which have been crafted to represent native Australian Fauna.
    At the head of the stairs are two sandstone sculptures of Indigenous people overlooking the courtyard as guardian figures.

    A formal garden , planted with Rosemary because of its symbolic significance, borders the courtyard. Rosemary has stood for remembrance since Roman times.

    On the side walls are the Roll of Honour, with the names of the 102,000 Australian Servicemen and Women who have lost their lives in War.
    Many of these have red poppies put there by relatives. These are another important symbol of remembrance.
    For a small fee, the Memorial can create a Roll of Honour certificate for you.

    OPEN 10 - 5 PM daily

    Pool of Reflection Looking towards New Parliament House The Arched Cloisters Arched cloisters and the Pool of Reflection Rememberance Poppies
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    Australian War Memorial

    by leffe3 Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    Putting it quite simply, the Australian War Memorial is extraordinary. Half memorial, half museum, it appeases my personal concern that war memorials can sometimes fall between two stools and glorify rather than commemorate war and its fallen soldiers.

    It sits proudly at the top of the wide ceremonial avenue, Anzac Parade, with a sweeping uninterrupted view of Parliament (new and old) in the distance on the other side of Lake Burley Griffin.

    The museum contains selections from the vast National Collection of relics, official and private records, art, photographs, film, and sound are employed to relate the story of a young nation's experience in world wars, regional conflicts, and international peacekeeping. The story begins at the time sailing ships first brought European settlers, convicts, and military from England in 1789 and extends to the present. The scaled models of various battles over a period of time are some of the best of their genre I have ever seen.

    It's also a tribute to the 100,000+ Australian men and women who have lost their lives in serving their country. 'A central commemorative area surrounded by arched alcoves houses the names of the fallen on the bronze panels of the Roll of Honour. At the head of the Pool of Reflection, beyond the Flame of Remembrance, stands the towering Hall of Memory, with its interior wall and high dome clad in a six-million-piece mosaic. Inside lies the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, an official war grave and national shrine.'

    The impetus for the creation of the Memorial was the WWI and the terrible losses Australia suffered (the highest ratio of deaths against population of all the countries involved). Ironically, the building was not completed by the time Australia entered WWII and the charter needed to be extended to include WWII victims, and then in the 1950s to include all wars. The problem of extending the brief to include all wars and necessary displays etc was not solved until 1971, when two new wings were built to display relics and artefacts.

    Now, in addition the original memorial and the display wings, there's the Sculpture Gardens and a large gallery completed in 2001.

    The Memorial is open every day except Christmas Day, 10am - 5pm.
    Entry is free.

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    AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, ICON Not to be MISSED

    by AusPinay Written May 5, 2008

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    A visit to this outstanding memorial is not just an educational experience but a lasting lesson for all- that WAR is evil and PEACE must be preserved and defended even by our precious lives!

    At least those were the things that stuck to my family as we view the awful sacrifices made since time past by our men and women in the military and defense forces here and abroad to defend democracy! The peacekeeping that Aussies do overseas particularly in troubled places are just commendable. We do need this MEMORIAL to remember why, what, and how people do love PEACE and abhor WAR!

    The irony is we need to shed precious lives, most of the time use VIOLENCE to justify preserving PEACE.As much as possible I wish Australia will thoroughly examine which nations are deserving of its help and support and not gamble with innocent lives!

    I hope generations to come will learn this valuable lesson about WAR and PEACE!

    The photos will speak for themselves as we browse through the exhibits! You need at least half a day to see everything!Admission is FREE!

    the  iconic WAR MEMORIAL IN CANBERRA some of the defense machinery used in the past another cannon from the past Peacekeeping in tourbled areas Japanese involvement in WWII exhibit
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    A Peaceful Place to Remember Wars, Heroes and Dead

    by Kakapo2 Written Jul 8, 2007

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    A War Memorial is no place to honour warlords. It honours soldiers who left their homes to fight for a better world and peace. This War Memorial reflects this spirit in a serene way.

    I suppose Australians can honour their soldiers and dead in a more honourable way than we Germans can do, as they have never started a war that would have changed the world. Most Germans get too much when they see military parades although we know very well that the majority of German soldiers, for example in WWII, fought for their country and not for Hitler's wicked ideals. But we acknowledge that you Aussies and Kiwis celebrate ANZAC Day as a reminder that peace is the most important thing in the world and how horrible war is.

    The monumental concrete building was erected at the end of a straight line from Old and New Parliament House - a theoretical straight line, as ANZAC Parade is the only real avenue on this line, and it ends at the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, and no bridge connects the parliamentary zone and the War Memorial side of the lake. It sits right at the foot of Mount Ainslie, so you have the absolutely best view over those three landmarks from up there.

    The Australian War Memorial is the nation's tribute to its 102,000 war dead. Their names are listed on the Roll of Honour. It was opened by the Governor General Lord Gowrie on 11 November 1941. Additions and extensions have been made after World War II and 1971.

    The Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier commemorates all Australians who lost their lives during the wars in the armed forces or in non-combatant roles. The remains of an unidentified Australian soldier were exhumed from a cemetery at Villers-Bretonneux, France, and re-interred in the Hall of Memory on 11 November 1993.

    Although the exhibits are incredibly interesting, the commemorative area with the reflecting pool is the most beautiful part of the Memorial to me, as there you can have your own thoughts about war and peace, and digest all the horrible truths after having visited the exhibitions.

    Impressive entrance of the War Memorial.
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    A great museum of remembrance!

    by Krisanne Written May 3, 2007

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    This is a wonderful place. Lots of great exhibits. Make sure you put aside a good half to full day here. It is also free entry but you can also leave a gold coin donation to help in the upkeep of the memorial.

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    Australian War Museum

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 29, 2006

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    This is, without question, one of the "must-see's" of the Australian tourist circuit. Its fame is world wide and rightly so. What it promises, it delivers. It is a sombre monument to the folly of war, perhaps at times glorifying moments but always reminding one that wars are appalling things to have to endure.
    In the ensuing pages I will elaborate on certain aspects for you.

    A brooding sombre reminder of conflicts past. An overview
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    Australian War Memorial

    by Clint_From_Canberra Written Apr 23, 2006

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    If your into the history of war of Australians who are or were involved all the wars then this is the best place to come.

    In the Australian War Memorial located in Campbell which is directly across the lake from the Old and New Parliament Houses which you can see clearly from the view above the entrance on the walkway.

    The Australian War Memorial has history, files, photos on past world wars, vietnam, korean, gulf war, and current wars involving Australians.

    They have different areas for each war such as the First World War as known now as the Great War and also the Second World War in different areas of combat such as European war, Japanese, War in pacific, Middle East, Asia, and other areas.

    They also have an area telling you about Gallipolli and how the Anzacs fought the battle on Anzac Cove in the First World War and after it.

    The Australian War Memorial is an interesting tourist attraction for all ages and has won a number of National Tourist Attraction Awards over the years.

    The Anzac Day services on 25th April each year begin at 5:30am for the dawn service and 10:15am for the National service which is broadcasted live on national television across Australia and I think New Zealand as well I think.

    So it's well worth the visit and entry is free.

    The Australian War Memorial is open daily from 9am - 5:30pm except closed half a day on 25th April for Anzac Day services.

    For more information about the Australian War Memorial please give them a call or visit the website listed below.

    There is public buses going to and from the War Memorial often and it's only a short drive from the city center and from the other National Tourist Attractions.

    The Lancaster bomber, G for George
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    The Australian War Memorial

    by tiabunna Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    This should top the list as a 'must see'. Situated across the lake from Parliament House, along the Anzac Avenue axis (see heading photo) and directly below Mt Ainslie, the Australian War Memorial is the seemingly contrasting combination of a world-class war museum and a very solemn war memorial. You will be alternately fascinated and depressed by what you find there. The overall effect is tremendously moving.

    I would suggest that you allow a day for a visit if possible. If only half a day is available, ensure you visit the Shrine to the Unknown Soldier and the Hall of Memories (where there are plaques listing over 100,000 Australians who have died in wars involving our country - well over half in WW1).

    There are free guided tours of the Memorial. For those interested in family genealogy, there is also a comprehensive database of military records, available to family members.

    Australian War Memorial and Mt Aislie
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    Australian War Memorial

    by martin_nl Written Oct 22, 2005

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    This is a very big museum, that memorises and displays pictures, relics, dioramas and exhibitions detailing the human toll of wartime. It is very educative to walk around here. In the Netherlands we mainly learn about WW II and mainly about the way we were involved in it all. This is from a European persepctive. I know harldy anything about what happened in Japan, and how Australia was involved in the wars. If you want to know this museum will show you that.

    The war memorial building One of the displays in the museum Sculpture in front of the war memorial building
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    Simpson and his donkey

    by iandsmith Updated Sep 19, 2005

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    The exploits of a man and his donkey during the ill-conceived and executed battle on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey are the stuff of legend. How this man carried wounded troops back from the front line, time after time, is one of the great Australian epics of heroism under fire. It is held in such high esteem that this statue holds a pride of place as you walk from the carpark to the museum.
    During the current, at times hysterical, debate over immigration, this man's exploits were held as a prime example of what it means to be an Australian and what our values are. The high ranking politician who espoused this was perhaps unaware that Simpson was, in point of fact, an illegal immigrant and lied his way to get into the army. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!

    Epic man, epic deeds
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    Tomb of the unknown soldier

    by iandsmith Written Sep 18, 2005

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    This museum has the largest collection of VCs (Victoria Crosses) anywhere. This was the highest order that a serviceman from the then British Empire could attain. The words "for valour" are enscribed on the medal and many were awarded posthumously. Heroic tales of how the medals were won are writ large in front of them, evoking deeds of times past. One wonders if it could be a VC winner that lies beneath the eternal flame.
    It seems to be a world-wide phenomenon, the tomb of the unknown soldier. Knowing that a single unidentified serviceman's remains are interred at a particular point, representing the millions killed during the conflicts, has a certain poignancy about it.
    Due reverence is paid and, at the end of the day, a small ceremony takes place here at the eternal flame that highlights the tomb.

    The War Museum's eternal flame
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    Another war capture

    by iandsmith Written Sep 18, 2005

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    From the fabled city of Palmyra comes this bust, another World War I trophy, and it is of Hagar that refers to a famous story according to which Muslims believe that Hagar (Arabic Hajar), mother of all future Arabs, finds water in a well miraculously provided by Gibreel. Her quest is ritually reenacted by all those who go on the Hejira to Mecca, where the well is now enclosed by the Haram, the grand mosque. Her son Ismail (Ishmael) is considered the ancestor of all Arabs.

    Hagar, the bust from Palmyra
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    "G" for George

    by iandsmith Written Sep 17, 2005

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    This famous World War II bomber flew three tours of duty, 90 sorties, and thus became famous for doing that alone. Most didn't even make the first thirty.
    All the original markings are still on it and they currently have an excellent light and sound show that simulates, to some degree, what it must have been like during a bombing raid. Frankly, I thought the sound effects must have been pretty close to reality.
    The markings on the side also indicate when new captains took over.

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    More mosaic

    by iandsmith Written Sep 17, 2005

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    How fortunate for the world that one of the soldiers of the light horse of the Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division who came across it in 1917 during the second battle of Gaza was an amateur archaeologist otherwise we wouldn't have this wonderful piece preserved and protected from further harm where future generations will be able to enjoy it.

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