Places of Pride: Australian War Memorial's initiative to create a national database | Video

MISSING FROM REGISTER: The war memorial in Cowra is among a number of memorials in the Central West that are yet to be lodged with the new national register. Photo: FILE
MISSING FROM REGISTER: The war memorial in Cowra is among a number of memorials in the Central West that are yet to be lodged with the new national register. Photo: FILE

THE service and sacrifice of Central West veterans will soon be acknowledged in a national register, but first the community’s help is needed.

Places of Pride is an initiative of the Australian War Memorial and it aims to include the locations, images and stories of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia.

The public has already registered war memorials in Bathurst, Blayney and Dubbo, and also included photos of some of the structures.

However, so far no war memorials have been registered in: Cowra, Forbes, Lithgow, Mudgee, Narromine, Nyngan, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Young or Wellington.

The Places of Pride register calls for the name, location and images of all public war memorials to help create an interactive map and search facility.

Calare MP Andrew Gee has backed the national initiative and encouraged RSL sub-branches, community organisations, schools, and individuals are encouraged to record and upload their local memorials to the website. 

He said Places of Pride should remind all Australians that, irrespective of distance, the stories told at the Australian War Memorial are those of our communities across the length and breadth of the country.

“I invite all members of the community to take part in this initiative and contribute images of their community’s memorials,” he said.

“The interactive online register will be the basis of a stunning new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

“Visitors will be able to log in the name of their town on the website, whether Bodangora, Kandos or Blayney, and see their memorial come to life.”

The interactive online register will be the basis of a stunning new display in the proposed expanded galleries of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Calare MP Andrew Gee

Mr Gee said it was incredibly important to instil an ongoing sense of remembrance and respect in future generations of Australians.

“The way in which Australia commemorates our servicemen and women is just one of the many ways in which we publicly say to our ex-service community, thank you for your service,” he said.

Through Places of Pride the Australian War Memorial aims to connect all Australians, united by pride and loss, with each of these memorials from the Boer War through to Afghanistan,

Place of Pride can be found at https://placesofpride.awm.gov.au.