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Brendan Nelson making his mark at War World

By johnboy 12 April 2013 29

The War Memorial is explaining their changes and re-arrangements as they pursue their status as a museum rather than a memorial to the greater glory of Brendan Nelson:

This week the Sinai–Palestine and Western Front galleries will temporarily close to the public. A suite of newly redesigned galleries will be launched in this space early in 2015.

“The Centenary of the First World War is fast approaching and the Memorial is gearing up to deliver something very special,” said Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial. “Our new First World War galleries will draw on a range of new interactive technologies that will take the Memorial far beyond the Centenary. The refurbishment will place the Memorial’s galleries at the forefront of Australia’s Centenary program.”

The redevelopment of the First World War galleries is supported by the Australian Government, which has provided $28.7 million towards the project.

The first stage of the redevelopment began in November last year when conservators started work on conserving the dioramas.

“Favorite exhibits, such as the dioramas, will remain a prominent part of the new galleries, but the redevelopment also offers an exciting opportunity to display objects that have rarely been seen and in some cases never seen before,” said Dr Nelson. “For the first time, the dioramas will be placed in chronological order and explained in a manner suitable for a younger generation.”

The Memorial’s Sinai–Palestine and Western Front galleries are closed from this week, but the Gallipoli gallery will remain open until June. Later this year a temporary First World War exhibition “ANZAC Voices” will open, so visitors to the Memorial can continue to learn about the Great War until the new galleries open in 2015.

“This is only the beginning of a busy period at the Memorial,” said Dr Nelson. “Not only is the redevelopment of the First World War galleries now fully under way, we are also making rapid progress on a powerful new Afghanistan exhibition.”

When Dr Nelson was last in Afghanistan, an Australian soldier remarked to him, “Sir, when I take my son to the Memorial, I can show him what his great-grandfather did. I can show him what his grandfather did. But I can’t show him what I’m doing.”

“The Australian War Memorial is the national site of commemoration and interpretation of the Australian experience of war,” said Dr Nelson. “We owe it to our current servicemen and women to tell their stories and place them amongst the great stories of those Australians who served in the past.”

The Death Cult of Anzac as the new State Religion marches on apace.

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NoImRight 12:37 pm 15 Apr 13

poetix said :

Blen_Carmichael said :

Jim Jones said :

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”

Quidquid latine dictum, altum videtur.

If I had a quid for every time some people spoke Latin, I would video myself in my plane (purchased with the proceeds).

Well if I had a choice Id take one for everytime Ive seen someone on the net throw in “what our ANZACs fought for” as some sort of trump card as if it proves a point on nearly any contentious issue no matter how unrelated.

poetix 8:51 am 15 Apr 13

Blen_Carmichael said :

Jim Jones said :

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”

Quidquid latine dictum, altum videtur.

If I had a quid for every time some people spoke Latin, I would video myself in my plane (purchased with the proceeds).

Mr Evil 7:36 pm 14 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

Blen_Carmichael said :

Jim Jones said :

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”

Quidquid latine dictum, altum videtur.

Speak English or go home, bloody wogs. 🙂

Quidquid latine dictum, altum videtur = Do not park on the nature strip.

Pork Hunt 5:55 pm 14 Apr 13

LSWCHP said :

Pork Hunt said :

Blen_Carmichael said :

Jim Jones said :

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”

Quidquid latine dictum, altum videtur.

Speak English or go home, bloody wogs. 🙂

How sweet and proper it is to die for one’s country. That line goes back a long way. And whatever is said in Latin soinds profound. I have that stuck on the wall at work. 🙂

I have “The beatings will continue until morale improves”.

Pork Hunt 5:53 pm 14 Apr 13

LSWCHP said :

Pork Hunt said :

Blen_Carmichael said :

Jim Jones said :

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”

Quidquid latine dictum, altum videtur.

Speak English or go home, bloody wogs. 🙂

How sweet and proper it is to die for one’s country. That line goes back a long way. And whatever is said in Latin soinds profound. I have that stuck on the wall at work. 🙂

Roundhead89 5:51 pm 14 Apr 13

damien haas said :

The national museum suffers as its designed as a theme park experience, sadly i see the ‘war memorial’ heading the same way.

As much as a i love kids, watching them race around these places like they are at a kids birthday party, shows both a lack of respect from them, and by the parents that allow the behaviour. Designing exhibits that encourages this boorish parenting, demeans us all as a society.

The last time I went there the Vietnam gallery had a sound and light show. I thought they were trying to re-create a 1960s discotheque. It cheapened the gallery and treated the war like a bad Rambo movie.

I haven’t been back since.

poetix 5:50 pm 14 Apr 13

Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys! — An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime…
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, —
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

If Wilfred Owen hadn’t died in the war, some idiot would probably have called him unpatriotic for that poem.

Thumper 5:47 pm 14 Apr 13

Mr Evil said :

Jeez Johnboy, are you trying to say that Gallipoli wasn’t a victory for the AIF???

If I ever get to Gallipoli, it won’t be anytime around ANZAC Day. The sight and sound of drunk, flag-draped yobbos chanting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – Oi, OI, Oi” at an official Gallipoli ANZAC Day ceremony does nothing at all for me – except make me cringe.

Plus, the fact that these yobs sleep, stand and sit all over the graves of the deceased doesn’t impress me at all, either.

I’ve been to Gallipoli, but not on ANZAC Day. No, it was chilly, foggy morning in autumn. The peninsula was shrouded in fog and the sea was grey and foreboding. Later the sun came out and the waters of the Agean became clear as they lapped gently on the thin sandy shores.

Having said that, othing can take away that incredible feeling of sadness, especially when upon reading Kamal Ataturk’s words.

Incredibly moving. But go by yourself, not with a group of beer swilling, flag waving yobbos.

LSWCHP 5:04 pm 14 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

Blen_Carmichael said :

Jim Jones said :

“Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”

Quidquid latine dictum, altum videtur.

Speak English or go home, bloody wogs. 🙂

How sweet and proper it is to die for one’s country. That line goes back a long way. And whatever is said in Latin soinds profound. I have that stuck on the wall at work. 🙂

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