The Australian War Memorial in Canberra
I spent an amazing day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra today (www.awm.gov.au). The place has doubled in size since the last time I was there some seventeen years ago. There is now an Aircraft Hall filled with aircraft including a MiG-15 and a Kittyhawk fighter aircraft.
The Second World War Gallery took me several hours to wander through. There I found the bronze WRANS statue called They also served sculpted by Peter Corlett, who also sculpted the statue of Simpson and his donkey, which is also at the Australian War Memorial. The exhibitions were really incredible too, with new sound and light shows in Anzac Hall commemorating important events in Australian military history.
A standout moment for me was watching the sound and light show called Sydney under attack about the midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour in 1942 while listening to my audio recording of Jean Nysen recalling her own memories of the event. I will be including Jean’s memories of the attack in the chapter I write about her, and I will share a small sample of the chapter here on my blog in another few weeks.