About Office of Australian War Graves

The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG):

  • Acts as the agent of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in the Australian region;
  • Commemorates Australian war dead for conflicts other than the world wars;
  • Commemorates veterans who die post-war of causes related to the conflict; and 
  • Establishes and maintains official Australian memorials overseas.

In doing these things, OAWG puts into effect government policy to officially commemorate our war dead and post-war dead.

Role of the OAWG

Along with its official functions relating to war graves and memorials, OAWG provides information and other services to the veteran community and general public.

Contact directory

Here's where to find the right OAWG officer to answer your query.

Gardens of Remembrance

Find out about commemorations in Gardens of Remembrance.

OAWG publications

Atlases of war cemeteries and memorials, videos, books & free brochures – whether you're planning a trip or simply curious, there's a wealth of information available.

News & current projects

Beyond regular maintenance, OAWG has an ongoing program of refurbishments and extensions, even new overseas memorials.

Make a donation

All donations are gratefully received and go towards the ongoing maintenance of war graves, commemorations and official memorials, or towards a nominated project.

Ask OAWG

If your internet search doesn't answer your questions, ask us.


"It must give you a great deal of satisfaction and pride to be the custodian for such an important part of our country's heritage and the emotional welfare of the families of deceased veterans. Again, thank you ..."
Extract from a letter to OAWG

Bomana War Cemetery, PNG

Bomana War Cemetery, PNG.

On 6 November 2012 three ‘Known to God’ headstones at Bomana War Ceremony (Papua New Guinea) were rededicated. Extraordinary research by the Australian Army enabled the placement of new headstones for Lieutenant Scobell McFerran-Rogers, Private John Whitworth and their Timorese interpreter, Roestan, who died in the Celebes in June 1945. The sole surviving member of their Z Special Unit patrol, 91 year old Henry Fawkes was present to finally farewell his mates. He was the last person to see John Whitworth alive. Scobell McFerran-Rogers had died in his arms 67 years ago.

Henry Fawkes, formerly of Z Special Unit at Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery.

Henry Fawkes, formerly of Z Special Unit at Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, November 2012, for the rededication of the headstones of three of his mates whose graves were recently identified and were finally able to be etched with their names.

Henry Fawkes, formerly of Z Special Unit at Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery.

Footnotes

  1. OAWG was created in 1975. The War Graves Act 1980 (Cth) formalised the position of Director War Graves within DVA. Previously, OAWG was the Anzac Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

See further: War Graves Act 1980 (Cth)