“They gave their shining youth and built thereby
Valour’s own monument that shall not die.” C.E.W. Bean,
Inscription at Tamworth war memorial
Places of Pride, the National Register of War Memorials, is an Australian War Memorial initiative to record the location and photo of every publicly accessible war memorial in Australia.
Memorials conceived and erected across Australia after the First World War, were pivotal in allowing communities and families to grieve and pay their respects. They provided a way for towns to express their loss through remembrance and became a focal point for civic pride in the courage, loyalty and the sacrifice of their local servicemen and women. This sentiment continues to this day with memorials across Australia bearing testament to conflicts and peacekeeping operations from the Boer War to Afghanistan.
At the heart of Places of Pride is an interactive map allowing you to explore, connect and commemorate with war memorials spanning the length and breadth of Australia.
War memorials are diverse and include public monuments such as obelisks, memorial gates, cenotaphs, stones, statues, trees; as well as rolls of honour and honour boards and community buildings and areas such as parks, halls, swimming pools, and hospitals. With your help Places of Pride aims to represent memorials in all there diversity. Community organisation, RSL sub-branches, local councils, school, sporting groups, and individuals are invited to contribute memorials to the Places of Pride map, as well as sharing information, stories and uploading photographs
Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, introduces Places of Pride, the National Register of War Memorials