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The incredible expanding War Memorial

By johnboy - 16 March 2005 35

ABC Online is reporting on plans to triple the display space at the War Memorial.

I guess they’d better enjoy the good times (a cashed up tory government trying to associate itself with military glories) while they last.

But I do have to admit that I was showing a guest around last weekend, and the things that bothered me in the last expansion have been mostly addressed.

What’s Your opinion?

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35 Responses to
The incredible expanding War Memorial
p1 10:03 am 16 Jan 08

Not a clue, but I have an urge to drive through Mitchell later today to find out what you are talking about.

Thumper 9:40 am 16 Jan 08


maybe a large rocket or a bomb?

hehe, no idea…

Is it a V2 rocket?

hingo_VRCalaisV6 9:17 am 16 Jan 08

Off topic, does anyone know what the hell that large rocket/bomb shaped thing out at Mitchell is?

Skidbladnir 9:12 am 16 Jan 08

They’re nice, and they give us a chance to hurl questions & abuse at newcomers who don’t know how to read a timestamp.
I like that people are dragging up our ancient history to add comments like “Grafitti cannot be stopped”.

Thumper 9:04 am 16 Jan 08

I kind of like these old threads suddenly appearing.

It’s like history that you have forgotten.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 8:03 pm 15 Jan 08

Whats the old thread revisited record ?

That would be this one.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 8:00 pm 15 Jan 08

Perhaps closing threads that have had x days of inactivity in the comments could be a feature of the new site to stop these bizarre thread ‘bumps’?

Not sure how difficult that would be in WordPress though.

johnboy 11:39 pm 20 Mar 07

You need to check out the old site

Pandy 11:02 pm 20 Mar 07

Nothing to say. Move along. Just searching for the earliest post I could find on RA

Chris Hayes 3:55 pm 18 Mar 05

Smelly cheese.

johnboy 7:24 pm 17 Mar 05

Vader – Until the old lanc went in there was a very sydney-heavy bias going on there that the cynical speculated had something to do with marketting to day trippers.

The rest – Thanks for clearing up the confusion.

FB 10:26 am 17 Mar 05

There’s a bit of word play involved here. The Memorial is not going to triple its space. That would be impossible without a new gallery building. They are getting a new administration building into which they are going to re-locate SOME staff areas from the main building to make a bit more room. They are only increasing their ‘Major exhibition space’ Basically Vietnam & Korea will now have separate space and be bigger. There will also be a dedicated peacekeeping gallery and a few others.

You can get more info here

Hacky 9:55 am 17 Mar 05

Simon has basically got it right.

I currently sit down there writing from a cramped space in the AWM main building ‘basement’. Where a a large percentage of this floor is used by the Research Centre admin, Multimedia, Education and Visitor Serices, and the Volunteers admin areas.

Some work shop and darkroom services will also be moved from Mitchell to the new Eastern Building.

This link should provide the official information.

Vader 8:56 am 17 Mar 05

Actually, they’re not tripling the display space.

They’re tripling the display space for post-1945 wars (Malayan Emergency, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf Wars 1 & 2 etc). Last time I was there they were all stuck down in a very cramped space down in the basement.

My guess is that the new extension will be about the size of the ANZAC Hall, but I haven’t seen the plans to know for sure.


Simon 8:12 am 17 Mar 05

Incidentally, what were the things that bothered you about the last extension?

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