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About Office of Australian War Graves

Originally founded as the Australian arm of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) [1], 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
  • 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

Burial with full honours at Lae War Cemetery

Burial with full honours at Lae War Cemetery

Bugler sounds the Last Post at a ceremony at Lae War Cemetery, PNG

Bugler sounds the Last Post at a ceremony at Lae War Cemetery, PNG

 

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.   Back to text

See futher: War Graves Act 1980 (Cth)