Media intending to bring outside broadcast vehicles onto the Shrine Reserve or requiring access to power must contact the Shrine’s Marketing Officers immediately as registrations are now closed.
Outlets requiring access to the restricted media zone beside the official podium must register their personnel details by 5pm Thursday 4 November 2016 and passes must be collected by no later than 5pm Wednesday 9 November 2016. Media Zone passes are not transferrable.
Please contact (03) 9661 8102 if you require assistance with your application.
Visit shrine.org.au/media for more informations
TALKS AND EVENTS
All talks & events take place in the Shrine Auditorium, enter via the Education Centre (unless otherwise stated). Entry is by donation or as stated with all proceeds supporting the Shrine Education Programs.
Bookings are essential: visit shrine.org.au/bookings or call 03 9661 8100
MONUMENTS OF REMEMBRANCE
Wednesday 9 November, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start
Even as the guns grew silent over the battlefields of Europe in 1918, Australia’s military leaders were planning to commemorate pivotal Australian victories through a series of monuments on the Western Front. In Australia too, communities motivated by loss, grief and a determination to never forget the cost to a generation, erected hundreds of war memorials across the land over the following decades—and again after 1945. This talk will explore motives for commemoration—victory, honour and remembrance—through a range of key monuments to Australia’s service men and women.
REMEMBRANCE GARDENS TOUR
Saturday 26 November, 11am
For over 80 years the sprawling gardens surrounding the Shrine have provided a respite from the growing bustle of Melbourne. While the memorial trees on the Shrine Reserve have become well-known pilgrimage sites, the casual observer may not be aware of the creative vision and symbology behind our landscaped gardens. Join this inaugural guided tour that ventures into some of our unique gardens. Tour is followed by a light lunch looking into our Garden Courtyard, with its grand olive tree and Mediterranean-themed plantings.
Cost: $30 per person (includes lunch) / $25 per person for Friends of the Shrine
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
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
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)
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.