Peter Burness

Peter Burness is a senior historian at the Australian War Memorial where he has worked since 1973.

Formerly Head of the Military Heraldry and Technology Section and a senior curator in the Exhibitions Section, he has been involved in numerous travelling, temporary, and permanent exhibitions.

He has a special interest in the First World War and for almost 20 years has led the Memorial’s annual battlefield tours to the Western Front.

Peter has published numerous articles on Australians in the Great War, the colonial period and other conflicts, as well as entries for the Oxford Companion to Australian History, The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History, and more than 20 entries to the Australian Dictionary of Biography. More recently he wrote four of the volumes of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Australians on the Western Front series and writes regularly for the Memorial’s journal Wartime. Peter is also the author of the The Nek: the tragic charge of the Light Horse at Gallipoli (1996, second revised edition 2012).

He was curator of a series of First World War 90th anniversary exhibitions, and concept leader for Over the Front: the Great War in the air, and historical and curatorial adviser for the redevelopment of the Memorial’s Hall of Valour.

He is currently engaged in a range of projects culminating in the First World War centenary as Lambert Gallipoli Fellow.

Books authored by Peter Burness



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