Australia's global memory footprint: Memorial building on the Western Front, 1916-2015

Joan Beaumont*

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    Shortly after the First World War ended, Australian authorities erected memorials in France and Belgium in memory of the Australian Imperial Force. Decades later, during the so-called 'second generation of memory', Australians again engaged in planting memorials on sites of memory on the Western Front. This article compares the two periods of memorial building, contrasting the sites that were chosen for commemoration and examining what these suggest about the difference between past and contemporary modes of remembering the First World War. It highlights the growing importance, in extra-territorial commemoration, of memorial diplomacy and the development of a shared memory between Australians and the communities which host their memorials.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-63
    Number of pages19
    JournalAustralian Historical Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015


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