Dr Brendan Nelson shares his local knowledge
Visitors walk through the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra

What in your permanent collection sums up Australia?

The Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier and former Prime Minister Paul Keating’s Remembrance Day eulogy to him.

What do you have an emotional connection with?

Will Longstaff’s painting, Menin Gate at midnight is a hauntingly evocative portrayal of the Menin Gate which lists the names of 55,000 those who died and were never found in Flanders. It includes more than 6000 Australians.

‘Canberra is ...’

…at the heart of the nation.

What would you recommend as a souvenir of the War Memorial?

Treasures from a century of collecting by Nola Anderson. This magnificent book profiles the Memorial’s priceless artefacts.

When family or friends visit, where do you take them?

Questacon, Floriade, National Arboretum Canberra and the National Gallery of Australia.