Office of Australian War Graves

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The Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG) is a branch within the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs. The branch was initially a stand-alone agency, formed 1 January 1975. In 1980, the War Graves Act 1980 (Cth) formalised the position of Director War Graves within the Department of Veterans' Affairs.[1] The OAWG acts as Australian agent for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[1]

Responsibilities[edit]

The responsibilities of the OAWG generally fall within the following five areas.[2]

  • Processing of new official commemorations
  • Maintenance of war cemeteries, plots, individual graves, post-war commemorations and battle exploit memorials
  • Management of major projects at overseas locations
  • Provision of research services for commemorative information, and
  • Issuing permission to use the relevant Service badge.

The OAWG is also responsible for the maintenance of some 20,000 graves of Commonwealth war dead in 76 war cemeteries & plots and in numerous civil cemeteries, as well as Memorials to the Missing listing over 3,000 names throughout Australia, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Directors[edit]

Name Period
K. F. Macdonald 1978 – 3 May 1981
Hon. Lance Barnard AO 3 May 1981 – 1985
Alf Clarke AM 1985 – 19 June 1991
Air Vice Marshal Alan Heggen AO 19 June 1991 – 3 October 1997
Air Vice Marshal Gary Beck AO 3 October 1997 – August 2005
Major General Paul Stevens AO 2005 – 2010
Brigadier Chris Appleton CSC December 2010 – November 2015
Ken Corke December 2015 – present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Office of Australian War Graves". Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs. Archived from the original on 14 June 2009. 
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20060927032030/http://www.dva.gov.au/commem/oawg/general.htm. Archived from the original on 27 September 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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