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Shrine of Remembrance Exhibition 1966: The Year That Changed the World

April 5, 2016 Attraction No Comments Email Email

The Shrine of Remembrance is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition 1966: The year that changed the world. 1966 was the year that Australia sent a Task Force to Vietnam, the year the first National Servicemen served in the war, and the year of the battle of Long Tan. Australia felt the heat of the Cold War and the throes of a youth revolution, in the year the first baby boomers came of age. Fifty years on, this exhibition tells the story of a year that changed Australia and the world.

Media are welcome to attend the official launch on Thursday 7 April 2016, 2.30pm, in the Shrine of Remembrance Auditorium. The exhibition will be opened by Colonel John Wertheimer AM RFD, Shrine of Remembrance Trustee. Special guests include Dave ‘Stretch’ Ryan, Dave Riik and Ron ‘Shoey’ Shoebridge, veterans of C Company, 5th Battalion, featured in the iconic photograph ‘Helping hands,’ which is included in the exhibition.

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Helping hands 8 October 1966
photographer Winston Coates
Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial COA/66/0877/VN

Eleven soldiers were wounded when two separate booby traps exploded during Operation Canberra, a search and destroy operation which uncovered a large Viet Cong base in hilly jungle terrain. Private Dave Riik (centre) was assisted by Private Ron Shoebridge (left) and Lance Corporal Dave Ryan (right) from the creek bed to the helicopter for evacuation. These Vietnam War veterans will be available for photographs and interviews at the launch.

1966: The year that changed the world will be open to the public from Monday 4 April 2016 – Sunday 2 July 2017 in the Galleries of Remembrance. Entry is by donation. Open 10am – 5pm daily, last admission 4.30pm.

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