Who we are

We are Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who have the primary objective of ensuring that the Australian War Memorial properly recognises and commemorates the Australian Frontier Wars.

This objective is a key part of Truth-telling under the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

‘Defending Country’ is the common thread linking Australia’s wars at home and abroad.

Broadening the focus of the Australian War Memorial leads to reframing Australian commemoration as a whole.
The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre
The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre 1838 – Details
Picture credit: WL Walton, 'Slaughterhouse Creek Massacre, 1838', frontispiece to GC Mundy, Our Antipodes: or, Residence and Rambles in the Australasian colonies, with a Glimpse of the Goldfields (London, 1852) (Australian War Memorial)

The Defending Country Memorial Project Incorporated

To administer the project we have set up an Incorporated Association (limited liability) under Victorian Law (The Defending Country Memorial Project Incorporated; No. A01200320). The members of the association are Noel Turnbull, Professor Peter Stanley, Dr David Stephens, Dr Carolyn Holbrook and Pamela Burton.

You can view more information about the Members here.

You can also view our Patrons and Supporters here.