Australia Will Be There
Victorians in the First World War (1914-19)

Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition will present the chronology of the First World War (1914-19) and provide the opportunity to discover the fascinating stories with particular reference to the contribution of Victorians. 

Find out about the hardships that our men and women endured and the battles that they fought alongside Allied nations – from the landings at Gallipoli to the battles in Palestine, Passchendaele and Fromelles.

Away from the frontline, discover the experiences of the people in Victoria, their contribution to the war effort and the growing social divisions which climaxed in the bitterly contested, and unsuccessful conscription referenda in 1916 and 1917.

Do you have a story to tell?

People from each community in which the exhibition tours are encouraged to share their stories with the Shrine for inclusion in the exhibition. Download the story submission form and guidelines. Completed forms can be emailed to

Australia Will Be There tour launch

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne                5 August - 12 October 2014  - closed

Australia Will Be There touring venues 

East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale 23 October – 2 December 2014
Mildura Arts Centre 20 February – 10 May 2015
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale 30 May – 23 August 2015
Ararat Regional Art Gallery 4 September – 18 October 2015
Frankston Arts Centre 29 October – 12 December 2015
Hamilton Art Gallery 22 January – 28 February 2016
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 11 March – 1 May 2016
Gold Museum, Ballarat  16 May – 18 September 2016
Dudley House, Bendigo 29 September – 27 November 2016
Kerang Motel Function Room, Kerang 17 February – 18 March 2017
Central Goldfields Gallery, Maryborough 8 April – 21 May 2017
Wangaratta Art Gallery 12 August – 17 September 2017
Longwood Community Centre, Longwood 4 – 29 November 2017
Portland Arts Centre 9 April – 20 May 2018
Heritage Hill, Dandenong June – August 2018


If you are interested in finding out more information about hosting this exhibition at your venue, please contact Jean McAuslan, Director Exhibitions and Collections: / 03 9661 8101

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