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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014


Leading Australian businessman and philanthropist, Mr Kerry Stokes AC, has been re-appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced that Mr Stokes, who is a keen military historian, was re-appointed to the Council at a meeting of the Executive Council on Monday this week.

”I welcome Mr Stokes back to the Council.  He brings to this role extensive knowledge and expertise which will be vital as the nation begins the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac”, Senator Ronaldson said.

“Mr Stokes has shown over many years his true commitment to Australia and to Australian servicemen and women who have served their country over the past 100 years.”

“Mr Stokes has been a major benefactor to the Memorial over many years, assisting the Memorial with the purchases of medals to display at the Memorial, particularly Victoria Cross medals.”

Mr Stokes was first appointed to Council in August 2007 and again in April 2011.  Mr Stokes has been re-appointed for a period of three years.

Mr Stokes was the recipient of Australia’s highest honour, the Companion in the General Division in the Order of Australia (AC) in 2008, having earlier been awarded the Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1995. Mr Stokes holds a Life Membership of the Returned and Services League of Australia and is a former Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia.

Mr Stokes has donated to the Australian War Memorial three Victoria Cross medal groups and a George Cross medal group.  He also donated to the Memorial an extremely valuable collection of First World War glass plate negatives from the Thuillier estate in July 2011. This donation has been curated to present Remember Me: the Lost Diggers of Vignacourt, which is touring Australia over the next few years.

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
Australian War Memorial Media: 02 6243 4575


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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