Contributions to the 5th AICCM Book, Paper and Photographic Materials Symposium. Editors: Prue McKay and Alana Treasure. Canberra, ACT: AICCM (Inc.), 2008.
In 1916, CEW Bean, the Official War Correspondent, started to formulate his vision of an Australian War Memorial. He envisaged not only a memorial to commemorate the sacrifices of Australians who served in the Great War but a museum, an archive and a library. One of the aims was to enable families of the soldiers who would never visit the European battlefields to commemorate and remember their sacrifice. To this end the Australian War Records Section (AWRS) was created to collect diaries and relics from Australian units. One of the sub-sections was set the task of creating three-dimensional relief maps of battlefields. As a result, the Australian War Memorial now has a unique and interesting collection of terrain maps of Belgian and French battlefields. For the anniversary exhibition 1917 To Flanders Fields the Paper Conservation Laboratory undertook an examination of the methods and materials involved in these maps.
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