Talks & Events

  • RAN In The Pacific War

    Wednesday 4 October, 6:00pm

    Entranced by the myths surrounding the army’s Kokoda campaign in Papua, few know of the role played by the Royal Australian Navy between December 1941 and August 1945.

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     Ian Pfennigwerth demonstrates our ships and men were at the forefront of the fighting and their skills were well appreciated.

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  • Gardens of Remembrance Tour

    Saturday 7 October, 10:30am

    Uncover the creative vision and symbology behind our carefully landscaped gardens on this specifically crafted tour for the Shrine Reserve.

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    For over 80 years our sprawling gardens have provided a respite from the growing bustle of Melbourne, and a sacred pilgrimage site for the public to remember friends and loved ones who have served our nation in peacekeeping and war.

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    The Battle of Beersheba

    Wednesday 18 October, 12:00pm

    Join Dr David Holloway OAM, historian of the 4th Light Horse, as he reflects one hundred years later on their legendary attack on Beersheba in October 1917.

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    Discover more about this remarkable regiment—Australia’s only unit to fight on all three fronts during the First World War.

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  • Planned Maintenance Day – Galleries Closed

    Monday 23 October, 10:00am

    The Galleries are closed for essential maintenance work. Please note that the Shrine Visitor Centre, the Sanctuary and the Crypt remain accessible to all visitors.

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    The planned works will effect various areas and activities as follows;

    Sanctuary 
    The Sanctuary will remain open to the public during our normal opening hours. Access is via the North Door or for those requiring DDA access only (wheelchairs, frame walkers etc.) escorted access between the Visitors Centre – Galleries – Sanctuary lift only.

    Crypt
    The Crypt will remain open to the public during our normal opening hours. Access is from the Sanctuary via the stairs or for those requiring DDA access only (wheelchairs, frame walkers etc.) escorted access via the Sanctuary – Galleries lift only.

    Visitors Centre
    The Visitors Centre and Retail Shop will remain open to the public during our normal opening hours.

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    The Hinge of Fate

    Wednesday 25 October, 6:00pm

     Marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein, Dr Mark Johnston will explore the ‘homeric fighting’ of the 9th Australian Division in General Montgomery’s 8th Army during a turning point of the Second World War.

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     Discover why he could not have won the battle without them.

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  • Curator Talk: The Soldiers' XI

    Wednesday 22 November, 2:00pm

    With the Ashes just around the corner, join Dr Ian Jackson as he explores how our soldiers have used the game of cricket as a survival mechanism, a form of relief from conflict and a morale booster when on active deployment. Discover how it has forged relationships and promoted teamwork.

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