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For Country For Nation


An Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition
Presented by Araluen Arts Centre

Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience during wartime and peace

Opening Friday 21 February by Michael Bell, Indigenous Liaison Officer – Military History Section, Australian War Memorial
Floor Talk Saturday 22 February, 10.30am by Michael Bell​

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long standing tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among our military forces. They have also worked in ancillary, industry, and other home-front activities, and their communities have been thrust into the front line of theatres of war.

For Country, for Nation, the first touring exhibition from the Australian War Memorial to come to the Araluen Arts Centre, highlights these important and complex stories.  It explores themes of remembrance and tradition through family histories, objects, art, and photographs from across Australia, drawing inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership, and skill.


cartoon image series of aboriginal soldiers in battle

Image: Tony Albert Coloured Diggers acrylic on canvas. Painted in Sydney, 2013. ART96531.001-004, Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial


21 February 2020 - 29 March 2020


Friday 21 February, 6.00pm
To be officially opened by Michael Bell, Indigenous Liaison Officer – Military History Section, Australian War Memorial

Until 29 February
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm
Closed Mondays

From 1 March
Daily from 10am - 4pm




Extra information 




Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are advised that this exhibition contains images of people who have died.

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