"The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do."
Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, August 1996.

"Here it may be permitted to express keen gratification and pride that the first Victoria Cross gained by an Australian soldier was won by Albert Jacka, an employee of the Department." Source: SFD, Annual Report, 1914/15