Preserving our stories from the Western Front

Sir John Monash Centre screens

The memories of Australian diggers on the Western Front will continue to be preserved with an $8.3 million technology upgrade at the Sir John Monash Centre in France.

Set on the grounds of the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in France, and adjacent to the Australian National Memorial, the Centre tells the stories of Australia’s First World War soldiers in their own words. It plays an impor­tant role in the ongoing commemoration of the more than 295,000 Australians who served on the Western Front.

The Sir John Monash Centre uses interactive, multi-media technology to provide visitors with an immersive experience that allows them to understand the story of Australians on the Western Front. The 2023-24 Budget provides the funding over six years to enable important upgrades and maintenance works.

The works will include replacement of ageing technical equipment while maintaining the delivery of a highly interactive experience that will continue to offer insight into the Austral­ian wartime experience.

The six-year funding measure ensures the Sir John Monash Centre will continue to pro­vide a state-of-the-art interpretive experience for visitors from around the world. Some 46,000 Australians lost their lives in Belgium and France during the First World War and this commitment will ensure their legacy and stories of their sacrifice live on.

To learn more, visit about the Sir John Monash Centre website.