Government Slashes Australian War Memorial Funding

Government funding to the Australian War Memorial is at its lowest since 2003 says Gilmore MP Joanna Gash, and represents a 20% cut to operational revenue this year.

This is an appalling slap in the face to countless war veterans and their families and shows how little the government cares about respectfully preserving the memory of our fallen.

“As far as I am concerned, the Australian War Memorial records the names of 102,000 of our war dead and should be revered as a sacred site.

“It should not be treated as a commercial property and have to be forced to pay its own way but this is where it is heading.

An analysis of finances in this year’s Annual report of the Australian War Memorial reveals the shortfall to $31 million prompting its Chairman, General Peter Cosgrove to write “This year has seen a further reduction in the operational budget for the Memorial…”

“There has been no provision for adjusting for inflation and falls well short of maintaining even a consistent level of funding”, Mrs Gash said.

Mrs Gash has joined her colleagues in calling on the Minister for Veterans Affairs to ensure the AWM be given the respect it deserves by guaranteeing adequate funding for its operations.

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3 March 2011 Update
Prime Minister Julia Gillard today reaffirmed the Government’s ongoing commitment to the Australian War Memorial, announcing an additional $8m per year to support its ongoing operations.

The new funding will increase the Memorial’s operational budget by $8 million per year – on top of the Memorial’s regular annual funding which is currently $38 million.

The Prime Minister and the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, visited the Memorial today and praised its outstanding contribution to Australian society.

The new funding will ensure the Memorial can adequately respond to increased demands for these events as well as supporting general enquiries, multimedia and educational programs, research centre services and professional historical advice.

Today’s announcement also includes a one off payment of $1.7 million to begin the redevelopment of the Memorial’s First World War galleries.

It is fitting and appropriate that in the lead up to the Centenary a permanent and enduring exhibition is developed for the First World War – this funding will ensure this legacy.

Minister Snowdon will advise the Prime Minister on the best possible program of commemorative events for the Centenary.

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Sydney Female Orphan School 1801 – 1818

Set up by Governor King in 1801, was initially located in George Street, Sydney.

It was the first school established using public funds, and furthermore, as a residential school to provide care for ‘orphan’, destitute, neglected and abandoned girls, it was the initial provider of child welfare provisions for children in need of care.

Thirty-one girls, not all of whom were orphans, between the ages of seven and fourteen years were enrolled in the beginning (17 August 1801). Continue reading Sydney Female Orphan School 1801 – 1818

26 January 1788 Sydney Cove

Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales: John White

We again descried the French ships standing in for the bay, with a leading wind; upon which Captain Hunter sent his first lieutenant on board the commanding officer’s ship, which was distinguished by a broad pendant, to assist them in coming in. Soon after the lieutenants were returned to the Sirius, Captain Clonnard, the French commodore’s captain (who during the late war commanded the Artois, taken by the Bienfaisant, Captain Macbride), waited on Captain Hunter, and informed him that the ships were the Astrolabe and the Boussale, which sailed from France in the year 1786, under the command of Messieurs de la Perouse and De Langle.

He further acquainted him that, having touched at Navigator’s Isles, they had had the misfortune to lose Captain De Langle, the second in command, with ten other officers and two boats crews, all of whom were cut off by the natives of those islands, who appeared to be numerous and warlike. This accident induced them to put into this port in order to build some boats, which they had in frames. It also had afforded room for the promotion of Monsieur Clonnard, who, on their leaving France, was only the commodore’s first lieutenant.

At ten o’clock the Sirius, with all the ships, weighed, and in the evening anchored in Port Jackson, with a few trifling damages done to some of them, who had run foul of each other in working out of Botany Bay.

Port Jackson I believe to be, without exception, the finest and most extensive harbour in the universe, and at the same time the most secure, being safe from all the winds that blow. It is divided into a great number of coves, to which his excellency has given different names.

That on which the town is to be built, is called Sydney Cove. It is one of the smallest in the harbour, but the most convenient, as ships of the greatest burden can with ease go into it, and heave out close to the shore.

Trincomalé, acknowledged to be one of the best harbours in the world, is by no means to be compared to it. In a word, Port Jackson would afford sufficient and safe anchorage for all the navies of Europe.

The Supply had arrived the day before, and the governor, with every person that could be spared from the ship, were on shore, clearing the ground for the encampment. In the evening, when all the ships had anchored, the English colours were displayed; and at the foot of the flag-staff his Majesty’s health, and success to the settlement, was drank by the governor, many of the principal officers, and private men who were present upon the occasion.

The Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay: Arthur Phillip

In the evening of the 26th the colours were displayed on shore, and the Governor, with several of his principal officers and others, assembled round the flag-staff, drank the king’s health, and success to the settlement, with all that display of form which on such occasions is esteemed propitious, because it enlivens the spirits, and fills the imagination with pleasing presages.

From this time to the end of the first week in February all was hurry and exertion. They who gave orders and they who received them were equally occupied; nor is it easy to conceive a busier scene than this part of the coast exhibited during the continuance of these first efforts towards establishment. The plan of the encampment was quickly formed, and places were marked out for every different purpose, so as to introduce, as much as possible, strict order and regularity.

The materials and frame work to construct a slight temporary habitation for the Governor, had been brought out from England ready formed: these were landed and put together with as much expedition as the circumstances would allow. Hospital tents were also without delay erected, for which there was soon but too much occasion.

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