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CEREMONIES

For a full list of services in February please visit shrine.org.au/ceremonies http://join.travelmanagers.com.au/

4th Light Horse Association
5 February 2017, 2pm
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association (Ex-POW&RA)
12 February 2017, 10am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

Darwin Defenders Commemoration Committee
16 February 2017, 10am
Wreath Laying on the Forecourt and Memorial Tree D57

TALKS AND EVENTS

All talks & events take place in the Shrine Auditorium, enter via the Education Centre (unless otherwise stated). Entry to public programs is $5 per person and free of charge for Friends of the Shrine with all proceeds supporting the Shrine Education Programs.

Bookings are essential: visit shrine.org.au/bookings or call 03 9661 8100

RYOKUIN: Green shadows
Saturday 11 February, 12noon

At the forefront of the Kokoda campaign, Papua New Guineans carried much needed supplies and delivered wounded Australians to safety, earning the appreciative nickname Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. Join Kokoda historian David Howell in conversation with Bill Stuart of the 39th Battalion and Havala Laula, one of the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, who is visiting from Papua New Guinea.

VOLUNTEER OPEN DAY
Sunday 12 February, 10am -1pm

Volunteer Open Day at the Shrine will take place in the Visitor Centre with current staff and volunteers talking to people interested in volunteering, handing out information and running mini tours for 30 minutes for small interested groups. shrine.org.au/volunteer

EXHIBITIONS

REMEMBRANCE DAY POSTER COMPETITION
11 November 2016 – 26 February 2017
Shrine Visitor Centre

On 11 November, The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria, will announce this year’s winner of the Remembrance Day Poster Competition. Victorian primary school students have submitted unique and colourful artworks reflecting the theme: ‘Symbols of Remembrance’ The winning and highly commended entries will be on display at the Shrine Visitor Centre until the end of summer.

DEAR LAURA: POSTCARDS FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR
29 October 2016 – 31 March 2017
Shrine Visitor Centre
shrine.org.au/dearlaura

Dear Laura presents First World War postcards sent to Laura Brooks between 1915 and 1918 by her future husband Alan Ferguson, her brothers Ernest and Arthur and her uncle Charles Newman. These men enlisted and served overseas in the Australian Imperial Force.

‘BLOOD TUB’: AUSTRALIANS AT BULLECOURT 1917
15 October 2016 – 1 October 2017
East Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance
shrine.org.au/bullecourt

In early 1917 Australian soldiers fought two battles at Bullecourt in France. So ferocious were they that Australian soldiers renamed the town ‘The blood tub.’ The first action fought on 11 April was a complete disaster, the second (3 – 15 May) a hollow victory at best. German General Eric Ludendorff later wrote of the Arras campaign, of which the Bullecourt battles were part—‘no doubt exceedingly important strategic objects lay behind the British attack, but I have never been able to discover what they were.’

AUSTRALIA’S FIELD MARSHAL: THE LEADERSHIP OF SIR THOMAS BLAMEY
23 July 2016 – 30 July 2017
South Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance, open 10am – 5pm daily (last entry 4.30pm)
shrine.org.au/sirthomasblamey

No Australian military commander has ever shouldered more responsibility, nor so divided public opinion, than Sir Thomas Blamey. Detractors describe him as ruthless, self-seeking and egotistical; they point to personal scandals and the damaged careers of the many capable soldiers who stood in his way. Supporters speak of a man who understood, better than any other Australian leader, the wider nature of war—the political implications of action and inaction, the importance of sea and air power, of logistics, intelligence, and troop training.

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