The Mueum was supposed to open on Friday 21st January 2022 at 10am




The Museum cares about your health and the health of our communities.


As a result of record high Covid-19 active case numbers we decided to stay CLOSED for the public until further notice.


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February 12 at 2.30pm (Saturday)


Due to Covid-19 POSTPONED to a date still to be determined


March 12 at 2.30pm (Saturday)

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167 - 185 Banna Avenue Griffith NSW

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Volunteers are always needed!

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From 21/01/2022


The museum will be closed for the public until further notice because of the record high Covid-19 active case numbers !!!!


Watch this space and page for further information and updates.



 If you want to book a group visit ahead then please contact Mrs Pat Cox (secretary) on 0407485091. Schools are welcome to learn about the Australian and local  Military history from the available displays/presentations.…we are looking forward to see you back !!!

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The museum is usually open on Fridays  from 10 am to 2 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm, Currently closed due to Covid-19.


A nominal Roll of Griffith’s “National Servicemen” is accessible at the museum.


The Griffith RSL Sub-Branch donated the former Cenotaph Memorial Plaque and the Invictus Games Flag to the Museum, where they are on display for the public.


Griffith Cenotaph


The cenotaph shows the names of locals who were Killed In Action or Died of Wounds in the conflicts. In 2018 18 WW1 names were added and the WW2 names adjusted up to 104.


Detailed information about each name on the cenotaph is

available in the Museum.





Are you a descendant or relative of a WW1 Serviceman who came as a soldier settler to the NSW Griffith region after WW1 finished and who had served in the South African Boer War between 1899 and 1902?

 If the answer is "yes" we kindly invite you to provide us with information about this person. Details such as name, service number, regiment, where deployed in South Africa, and maybe a copy of a photo... will then be added to our Boer War Register. At the moment we have 27 confirmed names on our register and another 19 are being researched for possible inclusion. If you have information and would like to share this, please send an email to gwmm@westnet.com.au

or visit our webpage for more contact details. http://www.gwmm.org.au








School/Group Museum Tours


(COVID-19 restrictions)


Photos school visits

Museum Activity Sheets


Planning a group/school visit to theMuseum?


Volunteers are available to give information about  displays, records, museum projects and local Griffith military history.


If you want to visit on a museum’s “closed” day or to book a group/school visit then contact Mrs Pat Cox, secretary on

0407485091 or send an email to gwmm@westnet.com.au


Covid-19 restrictions apply) !! Please check

New displays


*Boer War 1899-1902

 *Attack on Australia       

*Interviews with local WW2 Veterans (Videos)

*First Australians and their defence of Australia with and from an Indigenous perspective (Reference material)

*Regional Aboriginal Honour and Nominal Rolls….Updated May 2020 (A next update will be added on ANZAC DAY 2022)


We hope to add displays on more recent conflicts to the collection early 2022… Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, East-Timor,(Timor-Leste).However…




We call on anybody from Griffith or cities, towns and settlements in the regions around Griffith, who has served in any of the listed recent conflicts, to come forward and submit  their name to the museum. It will be added to a list respecting and recognising the service in the Australian Defence Forces. You are kindly invited to contact the Museum on 040748509 or send an  email to gwmm@westnet.com.au

 Your personal contribution is highly appreciated.


ROGER PENRITH (1972-2020)


Last December we remembered that on December 12 2020 Roger, a great supporter and contributor to the Griffith War Memorial Museum passed tragically and unexpectedly away.  Roger…rest in peace !


The Griffith War Memorial Museum’s management, members and volunteers.



Permission to use AWLA service emblem, e.g. hat badge on grave headstones and memorial plaques


The Office of Australian War Graves informed us that anyone seeking to inscribe the AWLA emblem on a headstone or memorial plaque is allowed to do so without seeking permission from the OAWG.


Contact the museum via email gwmm@westnet.com.au if you would like to receive a photo of the AWLA hat badge.







Current NSW K-10 Syllabus for the NSW Curriculum





NSW HSC Syllabus Preliminary/HSC Courses


Modern History










Click on the chosen TOPIC and have a Brief preview


Rolls of Honour            

Nominal Rolls


Boer War

WW1, WW2,  Korean War, Local National Servicemen




East Timor and Afghanistan,


Australian Women’s Land Army,


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the Armed Forces (Boer War until now)










This monument of the Australian Women’s Land Army was officially unveiled at the Museum in Banna Avenue , Griffith NSW

on Saturday July 11, 2015


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MUSEUMS&GALLERIES OF NSW GWMM declared winner of the 2015 IMAGinE Award in the categorie “Individual Achievement:Volunteer


“Blue Star” Keep NSW Beautiful

Cultural Heritage Award Finalist


Australia Day 2016

2015 Griffith” Citizen of the Year” Nomination

2015 “Girls with Grit”, Community Project Nomination


NSW Government, 17/8/2017

Ministerial Commendation for contributions to the Griffith Servicemen/women veterans community


2017 Proud and Deadly Awards

Recipient of the Community Award Non-Aboriginal


Australia Day 2019

2018 Griffith “Citizen of the Year” Joint Nomination

2018 Griffith Community “Project of the Year” Award Recipient. A combined team effort made by RSL, GGHS,GWMM.


Australia Day 2021

2020 Griffith “Citizen of the Year” Nomination







Guest speaker Miss Madison Penrith from the

Griffith Aboriginal Community spoke in her address about

* Indigenous Soldiers in the Australian Armed  


 *Her visit to Gallipoli attending the 1915/2015

   Centenary Commemorations



Local guest speaker Mr. Noel Hicks gave a very meaningful address on the Anzac Spirit and mateship. He brought tears to the eyes of many present when elaborating on the human aspects, the suffering and sacrifices in the wars.


Remembrance Day Service 2018.

Dedication of the Cenotaph’s new Honour Board, showing the names of local WW1 and 2 Servicemen who died during the conflicts, followed by a Centenary Commemoration of the end of WW1.


 Detailed information about the WW1/WW2 Servicemen whose names are on the new Cenotaph Honour Board is now available for the public in the Griffith War Memorial Museum.



The Dawn Service was at 5.30am officially opened by Ty Powell playing the didgeridoo and the sounds of bagpipes and trumpets reverberating at the early start of the commemoration of Anzac Day 2019. The Dawn Service was again attended by an apparently every year increasing number of onlookers.


This was at 10.30 am followed by the Anzac Day march where hundreds lined up along Banna Avenue applauding and cheering the Sydney St Mary’s Bagpipes Band, Service and Ex-Servicemen  and women and descendants/relatives of Service People who had passed away. For the first time a wreath was laid for veterans who fought in the Boer War. A large crowd attended a moving ceremony at Griffith Memorial Park.




The COVID-19 crisis resulted in a cancellation of all ANZAC Day gatherings….Dawn-, Day-services and marches. However, many Australian residents organised personal candlelit driveway ceremonies where families in small groups honoured the veterans between 5.30 and 6.00 am.




Due to Covid restrictions the ANZAC DAY Dawn and  Main Services had to be  “controlled outdoor events” and as such it meant it had to be ticketed events in a fenced off area which in Griffith is Memorial Park in Banna Ave. There was also no march along Banna Ave.


Dawn service:


Gates opened at 5.00am and the service commenced at 5.30am with the sounds of clapping sticks,(Damian Thorne) and Didgeridoo (BenCurphey), calling the Griffith Citizens to attend the ANZAC DAY Dawn Service. Grant McKern played the bagpipes and Emilie Borella the Last Post and the Reveille. An estimated 900 people attended.


Main service:


Gates opened at 9.30am and the service commencing at 11.00 am with Returned Servicemen and women marching a short distance within the park’s perimeter. The guest speaker was Grant Blumer who shared his family’s stories of war and its impact


The Griffith War Memorial Museum opened its doors immediately after the Main service.


The Museum's Development

The Griffith War Memorial Museum owes its existence to the returned servicemen from WWI who became soldier-settlers in Griffith.  They had the foresight to have the Crown Land dedicated as a war memorial.  After WWII the returned soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families expressed a wish to establish a fitting memorial to those who served.  It has only been possible to establish the museum because of their and their offspring's commitment to remember the sacrifices that were made during the time of war.

The Griffith War Memorial Museum was officially opened by Lt, Col Peter Morrisey on Saturday July 25, 2009.

The objective of the Griffith War Memorial Museum Inc is to display items of military interest and aspects of the social history linked to military operations of ex-servicemen and women and their families from Griffith and districts.

The museum aims to achieve this by displaying photos, audio and DVD resource material, stories, clothing, weapons and other military artefacts.

Museum Hours.  COVID-19 restrictions may      

                            apply when open.

 Friday      CLOSED 21/01/22…..

Saturday   CLOSED 22/01/22….


 Closed until further notice, due to Covid-19


REMEMBRANCE DAY  open after the Cenotaph ceremony


ANZAC DAY open after the Cenotaph ceremony.


Entrance Fees

A donation is appreciated to cover development and maintenance costs of the museum. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductable and a receipt will be given.

Tours and Group Visits


If you would like to donate any artefacts, photos or information to the museum, please contact us via email or our PO Box 2221 Griffith.


These can be organised at other times by special arrangement.

By writing to PO Box 2221 Griffith NSW 2680,

or emailing to gwmm@westnet.com.au 

or by contacting the Secretary Pat Cox on 0407485091


·         Public parking on the street  bays and centre

·         Disabled access via door to the left of the building

·         Public toilets in the park next door.



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