Analysis: Is Australia war memorial too commercial?

Critics have accused the Australian War Memorial of being too flashy and commercial. With Anzac Day being observed this Sunday, John Huxley investigates.

It's one of the first things that visitors to the Australian War Memorial see; a bullet-riddled, steel lifeboat that carried men of the 13th Battalion, depicted in a backdrop as shadowy figures moving through the darkness, to the shores of Gallipoli.

Remarkably, the boat, No. 6 from the HMT Ascot, was found abandoned on the beach when official historian Charles Bean returned to Turkey immediately after the war. Today, it is an icon, an introduction to the greatest Australian story ever told.

Little wonder, then, that now it should have slung over its side a printed sign: ''please do not rock the boat''.

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