Media Release

29 October 2007

Remembered exhibition commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is proud to host the Remembered photographic exhibition to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). The 52 photographs depict sites of significance for Australia in the First and Second World Wars.

The photographs, taken by British photographer Brian Harris, capture the poignancy and timelessness of the war graves maintained by the Commission. They include images from CWGC sites in Turkey (1915), France and Belgium (1916-1918), Greece (1941), Egypt (1942), Singapore (1942-45) and Thailand (1942-45).

Founded as the Imperial War Graves Commission in 1917, the CWGC honours 1 700 000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars. The Commission looks after their graves and memorials at some 23 000 military and civil sites in 150 countries. The total number of Australian war dead commemorated by name and in the care of the CWGC is approximately 12 460.

His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery, AC, CVO, MC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, will speak at the official opening of the exhibition at 5.00pm on Tuesday 30 October in the atrium of the R G Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent, Barton. The event will be hosted by Mr Michael L’Estrange, AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the exhibition will be opened by Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire, GCB, DFC, AFC, DSc, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (London).

The exhibition was curated by the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne with assistance from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and will be on display in the R G Casey Building until 23 November 2007.

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