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AIPP honours WWII veterans

The AIPP and Momento Pro donated two books featuring 6500 Australian WWII veterans’ portraits to the National Library of Australia, as a ‘grand finale’ of the Reflections Project.

Veterans examining the portraits in The Reflections Project Book, along with the AIPP’s John de Rooy (far left) and Ross Eason (far right).

The aim of Reflections ‘Honouring Our WWII Veterans’ was to capture the portraits of the remaining WWII veterans. It took over two years to complete, with around 400 AIPP members covering areas far and wide to meet and photograph the veterans. It’s the largest voluntary photography project ever undertaken in Australia.

The Australian War Memorial became the custodian of the Reflections collection on August 15 2017, Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day. A permanent looping slideshow of the series is proudly displayed in the WWII Galleries.

Now two volumes of The Reflections Project Portrait Book have been donated to the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

The 550-page book was manually produced by Momento Pro over four weeks, taking five days alone to print. The finished two book and box set weighs 16KG.

Momento Pro used 10-colour museum-grade Epson Ultrachrome, with 100 percent acid-free cotton rag pages coated with archival spray, to ensure the book’s protection and longevity.

Dr Brendan Nelson, director of the Australian War Memorial, presented the books to the National Library in the presence of some Australian WWII veterans.

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