As Australians mark the centenary of Armistice this Remembrance Day, war memorials across Australia are a focus for commemorations and community. A new initiative of the Australian War Memorial will now help to connect these important places of pride online.
Places of Pride, the National Register of War Memorials, will record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia, from cenotaphs, honour boards, and church shrines to memorial halls, pools, bowling clubs and tree-lined remembrance ways.
“I encourage people across Australia who are commemorating Remembrance Day this weekend to contribute their photos and stories to the Places of Pride website, to help us build a national archive and pictorial record of every war memorial across the country,” Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson said.
“Visitors can search the name of their town, whether that’s Deloraine in regional Tasmania, Gympie in Queensland, Wickepin in Western Australia or Albury in New South Wales and upload their photos.
“Our call out to every RSL, RSL sub-branch, every community club, every school, every local government authority, every church and faith-based organisation and to every individual is to take photos of your local Memorials and to add them to our national map.
“You don’t have to have a state-of-the-art camera, and it doesn’t matter if you have very little information, just enter the details you do have, even if there are other photos of the same place,” Dr Nelson said.
The interactive online register will also be the basis of a stunning new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial.
“By doing this, what we’re hoping to achieve is that people will be reminded of what is really important in life and to never take for granted the life we have, the freedoms we enjoy and to remember those who have given their all for what we have,” Dr Nelson said.
“These repositories of love, loss and ennobled memory will be proudly scrolled across a giant electronic screen. In doing so, Australians will be reminded of the integral link between the national memorial and its tentacles reaching out to every community across the nation”.
Place of Pride can be found at: https://placesofpride.awm.gov.au.