Truth and love: the windows of the Australian war memorial

Kellett, Susan (2015) Truth and love: the windows of the Australian war memorial. Journal of Australian Studies, 39 2: 125-150. doi:10.1080/14443058.2015.1021366

Author Kellett, Susan
Title Truth and love: the windows of the Australian war memorial
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1444-3058
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2015.1021366
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 39
Issue 2
Start page 125
End page 150
Total pages 26
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The stained-glass windows of the Australian War Memorial are believed to embody the generic characteristics of fifteen members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) of the Great War. The artist—Napier Waller—wrote a description of the lights in 1950 in order to explain the complex symbolism located above the head of each figure, and this continues to be used in Memorial publications. However, in his windows, Waller concealed additional imagery, which remained hidden for six decades. Not only did he contextualise war within the Hall of Memory, but he also used significant people in his life as models for some of the figures. Waller’s windows add dimension to the AIF’s experiences abroad and connect the memory of the fallen to their county. They also expose a man of extraordinary talent who concealed his personal desire in open view of his patron and the public. By expressing sacrifice in a manner that subverted the Memorial’s prevailing ideologies and personally transcended that commonly associated with commemoration, Waller expressed a love he could not formally declare.
Keyword Napier Waller
Australian War Memorial -- History.
Stained glass windows
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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