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Narrative as history, image as memory
Exhibiting the Great War in Australia, 1917–41
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A visitor to Canberra would have a difficult time avoiding the Australian War Memorial. This chapter begins by sketching the origins of the Australian War Memorial and its collections during the First World War. It describes the ways in which the balance of objects displayed in the museum became less overtly martial, less narrative and more commemorative in character in the period 1917–41. The chapter focuses on the role of Australia's official war correspondent, official war historian and national war museum progenitor, C. E. W. Bean through his involvement in the selection of exhibits for the Memorial. It also focuses on his extensive editorial control over the creation of artistic representations of warfare for public display. The chapter explores two sculpted scenes of different elements of the Australian war experience: the Mont St Quentin diorama and the Pozieres diorama.

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