Australia’s enthusiasm for Anzac Day seems to grow in inverse proportion to the number of veterans who’ve actually witnessed the horrors of war.
With that in mind we note that the War Memorial has announced a new Gallipoli fellowship:
The Lambert Gallipoli Fellow will be funded for five years, until December 2015, and provide for a senior Memorial historian to undertake research for – and give guidance on – exhibitions, publications and other projects related to the Gallipoli centenary.
“We are grateful to the De Lambert Largesse Foundation for this generous donation,” Australian War Memorial Director Steve Gower said. “With preparations already commencing for the centenary of Gallipoli, it is most timely that we support the work of a scholar into this event of national significance.”
Senior historian Peter Burness has been chosen as the Lambert Gallipoli Fellow, and will start in his new role on July 1, 2010. Mr Burness has worked for the Australian War Memorial for 37 years. He is an expert on the First World War and has written and lectured on the Gallipoli campaign and the battles of the Western Front.
The De Lambert Largesse Foundation (which appears to have no internet footprint beyond legislation surrounding its charitable status) is also funding theatrical performances at the Memorial.