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Australian War Memorial Director reapointed.

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VA009 Saturday, 28 February 2009


Major General Steve Gower AO AO (Mil) (Retd) has been reappointed Director of the Australian War Memorial for a further two years, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Alan Griffin announced today.

The appointment follows the strong endorsement of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, chaired by General Peter Cosgrove AC MC (Retd). The Council is an independent body that sets the overall direction of the Memorial and oversees its conduct and operations. The Director reports to the Council.

“Steve Gower has been Director of the Memorial since 1996 and has accomplished much in this time,” Mr Griffin said.

“During his tenure the Memorial has attracted around 800,000 annual visitors, the Anzac Hall and CEW Bean Buildings were constructed; the Memorial was inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame; and most recently, the new Conflicts 1945 to Today gallery opened.

“The level of corporate support has also grown since he became Director. The Memorial’s corporate benefactors include Mr Kerry Stokes AC, Boeing, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, the Australian Submarine Corporation, BAE Systems, QANTAS and Thales. This support has assisted the Memorial to improve its galleries, as illustrated by the impressive Iroquois helicopter dust-off re-enactment sponsored by Dick and Pip Smith.”

Steve Gower has made a significant contribution in both the museum and tourism sectors locally and internationally and was honoured for this contribution at the 2005 ACT Tourism Awards.

“I congratulate MAJGEN Gower on his achievements to date and look forward to seeing the Memorial benefit from his continued good work,” Mr Griffin said.

As a former career soldier, Steve Gower served in South Vietnam during 1966-67 and held senior positions in Defence Personnel, Logistics and Public Information. He sat on the Museum Management Board of the International Council of Museum

Directors, and is a former Chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors.

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