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Construction under way on ANZAC Hall.

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DVA 20 Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Construction Under Way on ANZAC Hall

This morning I had the honour of turning the first sod to mark the commencement of construction on the new Anzac Hall at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The 3000 square metre Anzac Hall, to be built at a cost of $11.9m, is a gift to the nation that will honour a century of service by Australia’s servicemen and women.

Much of Australia’s rich collection of unseen larger wartime memorabilia will go on display in Anzac Hall, including the Japanese midget submarine that attacked Sydney Harbour in 1942, a World War I Mark IV British tank, as well as artillery from over the years. G for George, the Memorial’s Lancaster Bomber, currently being restored, will also be housed in Anzac Hall.

Anzac Hall is the latest stage in the ongoing redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial. Last year, the Prime Minister opened the World War II, Post-1945 and Orientation Galleries, and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, recently re-opened the restored Hall of Memory. The heritage-listed Memorial building has been refurbished and a new sculpture garden is being developed. The Bradbury Aircraft Hall is due to re-open in August.

The ongoing program of renovations and construction continues to build on the vision for the Australian War Memorial by its founder Dr C.E.W. Bean, and will help reaffirm the Australian War Memorial as one of Australia’s pre-eminent and most visited cultural institutions.

Anzac Hall, which is due for completion early next year, is being funded through the Federal Government’s Centenary of Federation Fund.

The contract for the construction of Anzac Hall has been awarded to John Hindmarsh (ACT) Pty Ltd. The company has long been involved in the development of the Australian War Memorial, having managed the Memorial’s refurbishment in the 1980s, and was responsible for the Ataturk and Naval Memorials located on Anzac Parade.

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