The courage for peace

  • Exhibition time

18 October 2019 - 3 September 2020
Special Exhibitions Gallery

History shows a perpetual tension between humankind’s capacity for conflict and its capacity for compassion, its ability to commit atrocities and its ability to envisage a better world.

Australia’s peacemakers, peacekeepers, disaster-relief workers, and capacity builders operate in the midst of this tension. They work with strategic minds and courageous hearts to avert tragedy and build peace.

The Courage for Peace tells the story of their crucial work, showing how the conditions for peace are forged by the difficult, necessary, ongoing commitment of many.

Their work takes many forms in diverse locations. Australians have contributed to the efforts of the United Nations in war zones across the globe, as well as to disaster relief and nation-building in our own region. The Courage for Peace focuses on Australia’s recent peacekeeping and humanitarian operations in the Asia–Pacific, and Australia’s diplomatic efforts to prevent conflict, including in support of the United Nations and the international rules-based order. Together, these show how Australia works regionally and globally towards peace for itself and for others.

This exhibition honours all who work towards peace for their persistence, idealism, courage, and achievements.


Courage for Peace

The Courage for Peace

Curator-led tours

12.30 pm, Special Exhibition Gallery, 10 December 2019 and 18 February 2020
Join a curator-led tour of the Memorial’s new exhibition, The courage for peace, exploring its themes and personal stories.


Exhibition opening speech

The Courage for Peace exhibition was launched by Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women at the Australian War Memorial on the 17th of October 2019.