‘When a motley crew of Canberra stirrers protected the War Memorial from competition‘, Honest History, 11 November 2016
Tells the story of the Lake War Memorials Forum, a group which fought for two years to prevent the building in Canberra of World War I and II memorials to rival the Australian War Memorial.
One detail should not be forgotten … on this 75th anniversary of the Australian War Memorial: some of the leaders of the Lake War Memorials Forum, those who worked hardest for the ultimate success of its campaign to prevent the building of rival memorials to the Australian War Memorial, are now active in the Honest History coalition.
Because articles on the Honest History website have been critical of the Memorial’s priorities and governance structures does not mean the coalition lacks respect for the Memorial’s mission, properly conceived and followed – and extended to cover the context of our wars, the home front, the aftermath, the impact of war on other countries besides Australia, and a peaceful future. Nor does the coalition lack respect for the Memorial’s staff, as was made clear in the preface to Honest History’s Alternative Guide to the Australian War Memorial.