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This image introduces the Overview to the annual report. Over the last 100 years we have built and maintained war graves to commemorate veterans’ service and sacrifice. This image depicts a stonemason chiselling lettering on a granite headstone.

The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG), as an agent for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, maintains more than 22,000 graves of casualties of the two world wars in over 1,000 sites in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The OAWG also provides and maintains official commemorations for veterans who died post-war of causes related to their war service. There are more than 322,000 official post-war commemorations within Australia.

This image introduces the Overview to the annual report and depicts a signwriter working on a cross at the war graves maintenance workshop.

A signwriter works on a cross at a war graves maintenance unit in Sydney, 1946. (AWM 129296)