TALKS AND EVENTS
MARVELLOUS MESSAGES: COMMUNICATING IN WARTIME
Monday 27 June – Friday 8 July
10.15am and 1.15pm week days, self-guided on weekends
Can you decipher the coded message in the walls of our courtyard? Discover the fascinating ways, both openly and secretly, that service people on deployment have communicated with each other, headquarters and home. Learn how people from faraway countries kept in touch with their families and how news from home travelled to them. Children will be given an opportunity to create a mysterious message of their own. This program has been designed for children aged 6 to 10 years. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
July and August mark the centenary of the actions at Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front. These two battles engaged all Australian Divisions on active service and resulted in staggering casualties, over 5,500 at Fromelles and over 23,000 at Pozières. Join historians and authors Dr Ross McMullin and Christopher Wray in discussion with Shrine Curator Neil Sharkey as they compare these two extraordinary battles. Members of the Friends of the Shrine program are invited to a special luncheon before the talk, separate booking required via 03 9661 8100 or [email protected]
BATTLE OF LONG TAN: 50TH ANNIVERSARY REFLECTIONS
Wednesday 27 July, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start
In the lead up to the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, join 6RAR Platoon Commander Dave Sabben as he discusses his experiences at Long Tan where 108 Australian servicemen fought off 1,500-2,500 Viet Cong. Dave was called up in 1965, aged 20, for the first intake of Australia’s National Service scheme. He served with 6RAR first tour and was awarded a Mentioned in Despatches which was later upgraded to a Medal for Gallantry (MG) for his service in the battle. His illustrated presentation will encompass the prelude to the battle, the tactics used, the Armour and Chopper support and the aftermath.
OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE TALK: ARCHITECTURE, SYMBOLOGY AND THE SHRINE
Sunday 31 July, 12pm
In late 2014, the Shrine unveiled the new Galleries of Remembrance and Education Centre. Australia’s history of military service in peacekeeping and war has been incorporated throughout the design and symbology of these new spaces. Join award-winning architect and Founding Director of ARM Architecture, Ian McDougall, for a special talk on his involvement in this project and the inspiration behind features including the zig zag courtyards and the use of colour throughout. Spaces are limited, bookings open 18 July.
For a full list of this month’s services please visit shrine.org.au/ceremonies
Thursday 14 July, 11.30am
BATTLE OF FROMELLES: 100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE
Tuesday 19 July, 1:30pm
BATTLE OF POZIERES: 100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE
Sunday 24 July, 10am
KOREAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION
Wednesday 27 July, 1pm
AUSTRALIA’S FIELD MARSHAL: THE LEADERSHIP OF SIR THOMAS BLAMEY
Opening 23 July
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.
1966: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
4 April 2016 – 2 July 2017
West Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance, open 10am – 5pm daily (last entry 4.30pm)
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.
POZIÈRES: AUSTRALIANS ON THE SOMME 1916
4 March – 7 August 2016
Shrine Visitor Centre, open 10am – 5pm daily
A new exhibition marking the centenary of one of Australia’s most tragic episodes on the Western Front during the First World War. In a series of bloody actions between 23 July and 3 September 1916, the 1st, 2nd and 4th Australian Divisions succeeded in capturing their objectives but at a truly terrible cost: 23,000 casualties, including 6,800 men killed. The men distinguished themselves at places which have become bywords for Australian sacrifice – Gibraltar, the Windmill and Mouquet Farm. The story of Poziѐres is brought to life through photographs, works of art and artefacts on loan from the Australian War Memorial, the Imperial War Museum, private collectors and Victorian families.
AUSTRALIA WILL BE THERE: VICTORIANS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (1914–19)
16 May – 18 September 2016
Gold Museum, Ballarat
For a full touring schedule visit: shrine.org.au/australiawillbethere
All talks & events take place in the Shrine Auditorium, enter via the Education Centre (unless otherwise stated). Entry is by donation with all proceeds supporting the Shrine Education Programs.
Bookings are essential: visit shrine.org.au/bookings or call 03 9661 8100
Images and presenter biographies available on request.
Shrine media contacts: Lana Epshteyn & Holly Cochrane, Marketing Officers, 03 9661 8102 / 0417 826 038, [email protected], [email protected]