National War Memorial

Canberra, August 2017






Big planes, subs, tanks…dioramas of the most prodigious quality…enough military paraphernalia to convert the most conscientious objector into a club bore…the Australian War Memorial, a short cab ride up the hill on the other side of Lake Burley Griffin, directly aligned with the walk up the hill to Parliament on the other side of that lake, is well worth a visit, and it is free (gold coin donation encouraged).  An eternal flame flickers (see main image) in order to remind us that our forebears died for us, whether we appreciate it or not.


Australia’s bellicose involvement in history’s fights, mostly on behalf of others, is beautifully and exhaustively researched and presented, such as the Battle of Lone Pine:


…and the picture of the famous Menin Gate memorial in Belgium, with 6,000 Australian names etched thereupon:


The chapel has some nice stained glass:


Looking down Anzac Avenue towards Coward’s Castle –

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Attack on a station post (above); ‘Over the Top’ (below):



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