Australian war memorials: a nation reimagined

Kerby, Martin and Bywaters, Malcom and Baguley, Margaret (2019) Australian war memorials: a nation reimagined. In: The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 553-573. ISBN 978-3-319-96985-5


Since the end of the First World War the war memorial has become a ubiquitous presence in the Australian commemorative landscape. Serving initially as sites of personal and communal grief and a focus for those intent on nation building, they have proved to be remarkably durable symbols of national identity and communal memory. Yininmadyemi Thou didst let fall (2015) and the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial (2017) are recent additions, ones that seek to respectively recognize the military service of Indigenous Australians and Peacekeepers. Both represent a challenge to orthodoxy, the former in subject matter and the latter in style. Yet their capacity to disrupt conventional wisdom is as yet untested. Both may well be subsumed into the broader military narrative that elevates the original Anzacs to the status of founding fathers.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. The Editors and The Authors 2019.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 04:47
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, Australian peacekeeping memorial, Indigenous Australians, peacekeepers, war memorials, Yininmadyemi Thou didst fall
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950399 Heritage not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96986-2

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