A place to honour them
“HERE is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.”
These words were spoken by official First World War historian and journalist Charles Bean, whose vision for one central place to hold the nation’s war relics, memories, artworks and records led to the creation of what we now know as the Australian War Memorial.
The war memorial, in Canberra, is a shrine, a museum and a gallery – but it is also the keeper of an archive that holds the key to many of our family stories.
Sue Ducker, the memorial’s research centre reading room manager, said archives were constantly being updated as curators went out in search of new items and stories.