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and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The redevelopment has been carried
out with meticulous attention to detail
and many of the materials used, such as
the Wonabyne sandstone, are the same
as those used in the War Memorial’s
However, as with the memorial itself,
the importance of the Hall of Valour
lies not in the bricks and mortar of its
construction, but in the histor y it guards
and the stories it tells.
Some of those stories have become
Australian folklore while others
have largely faded from the public
Few Australians would have failed to
learn of the exploits of Lance-corporal
Albert Jacka, who single-handedly
stormed a Turkish trench at Gallipoli,
killing seven of the enemy before forcing
the rest to flee.
Yet less well known is the story of
Sergeant Maurice Buckley who was
initially awarded his VC under the
pseudonym Gerald Sexton after first
deserting, and then re-enlisting in 1916.
In a tale of redemption worthy of
Hollywood, Sergeant Buckley ’s true
identity was only revealed two years
later after his heroic actions on the
Weston Front; the deserter who became
a national hero.
In order to further bring these stories
alive, the hall has been redesigned to also
showcase a wide variety of personal items
such as weapons, clothing and journal
entries belonging to the recipients.
It’s an addition that curator of the
Hall of Valour project, Libby Stewart
said would help visitors connect to the
ever yday men behind the medals.
“One of the items on display is a
watch that ’s stopped at the time one
of the recipients was killed so there are
some very poignant exhibits,” she said.
“Of course the hall is about displaying
the medals but it ’s really about the men,
about telling their stories and showing
that each of them was an individual.”
Hall of Valour
Where: Australian War Memorial,
the Hall of Valour
When: 10-5pm daily
Phone: 6243 4211
ON SHOW: the medals of many of
australia’s 98 VC winners are on
display in the Hall of Valour.
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