CEW Bean Foundation
"Honouring the memory of Australian war correspondents"
Charles Bean at work on war histories in his Victoria Barracks office, Sydney, circa 1935 (Photographer unknown: source Australian War Memorial).
Welcome to the C.E.W. Bean Foundation website honouring Australian war correspondents.
The Bean Foundation board met on November 13 at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to review plans for fundraising for a memorial to war correspondents in the War Memorial precinct. An appeal for funds will be launched in the New Year. Finishing touches are being put to a fundraising brochure.
Gordon Darling has kindly provided seed money for a detailed design for the project which is aimed to be completed in 2014 in time for the ANZAC Centenary in 2015.
The Bean Foundation warmly endorses war correspondents among the first 20 inductees at the Melbourne Press Club’s Hall of Farm. Names were announced at a dinner at the Monash University’s Law Cambers at 555 Lonsdale St., Melbourne on December 6.
War correspondent inductees included Damien Parer (1912-1944); Will Dyson (1880-1938); Alan Moorehead (1910-1983); George Morrison (1862-1920); William Lambie (1860-1900); Donald McDonald (18599-1932); Chester Wilmot (1911-1954); and Keith Murdoch (1885-1952).
Other distinguished Victorian journalists who were among the 20 inductees were John Pascoe Fawkner; Edward Cunningham, Alice Henry, Alfred Deakin, Hugh Buggy, John Stanley James, Stella Allan, Henry Seekamp, Joseph Melvin, Maurice Brodzky, David Syme, and Mary Grant Bruce.
The MPC will induct a further batch in 2013.
The C.E.W. Bean Foundation has been established to honor Charles Bean, Australia’s official war correspondent and historian of the Great War and to commemorate Australian war reporting generally. This includes the works of journalists, photographers, artists, film makers and camera crews. The aim of the Bean Foundation is to build a permanent reminder to this distinguished band of Australians whose contribution to understanding our history goes far beyond their dispatches from the front.
The Foundation is supported by the National Press Club, the National Library of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial. It was established with the assistance of the National Council for the Centenary of Federation.