Art of Nation

  • Beans Vision of the War Memorial Beans Vision of the War Memorial
  • The Main Entrance The Main Entrance
  • The foyer The foyer
  • Hall of Rememberance Skylight Hall of Rememberance Skylight
  • View from the rear of The Hall of Rememberance View from the rear of The Hall of Rememberance
  • The Portraits Hall The Portraits Hall
  • The gallery wings The gallery wings
  • Dysons picture room Dysons picture room

As  Charles Bean returned from the war in 1919 his vision of how the Australian “war memorial museum” would look is captured in a single sketch.

The building, an imposing neo-classical structure, would serve to house the war memorial collection and provide a place to understand the experiences of the Australian soldiers as well as a place to grieve for those fallen. The building would have been comprised of a huge central gallery housing the Roll of Honour and large collection items.

On either side large wings would be used to showcase different collections. One wing would house a dedicated gallery presenting history paintings commissioned from official war artists. These paintings would depict the Australian experience of the First World War.

Charles Bean, Sketch proposing what Australia’s national memorial might look like

Charles Bean, Sketch proposing what Australia’s national memorial might look like, 1919, Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial File AWM170, 1/1

It was another 20 years before the memorial was realised, and was vastly different in both the architecture and the collection housed to that envisioned by Bean.  The Australian War Memorial has now partnered with Ortelia Interactive Spaces to present Bean’s vision for the memorial.

Ortelia Interactive Spaces is working very closely with our Australian War Memorial partners and stakeholders to bring Bean’s vision of the memorial to life as an online 3D navigable building. The building will house the Memorial’s art and photography collections according to Bean’s original curatorial vision. The Memorial’s First World War history paintings will be seen as they were intended to be displayed for the first time.

In addition to the display of the the Memorial’s art and photography, users will be able to view the artists original field sketches within a integrated map environment in order to explore the landscapes and artists journeys that inspired the artworks.

This integrated web-based 3D environment will allow user to engage  with First World War history online.

The project is currently under intense development and will be officially launched in December 2016.

Follow the progress of project via the Memorial’s blog. This page will be updated to reflect the development of the project so check back regularly.


The Australia War Memorial has now partnered with Ortelia Interactive Spaces to present Bean's vision for the memorial.


Australian War Memorial


Ortelia is responsible for development and delivery of the entire project. This encompasses 3D modelling, real-time environment development and back-end web editor and publisher development.