Talks & Events

  • World War I - A Jazz Reflection

    Sunday 26 June, 12:00pm

    Both sessions of this performance have booked out, to go on the waiting list please contact reception on 03 9661 8100 or at reception@shrine.org.au.

    A one hour program of music from the period of the First World War featuring original compositions dedicated to events of this time.

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    The Air Force Band, of which the six piece Jazz Group is an integral part, is recognised as a world-class military ensemble with a proud history of service to the Air Force and the Australian community. The band performed to a full house at the Shrine last year, so be sure to reserve your seat for this unique event before it books out.

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    Panel Discussion: Fromelles and Pozières

    Friday 22 July, 2:30pm

    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.

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    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 reception@shrine.org.au.

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  • Battle of Long Tan: 50th Anniversary Reflections

    Wednesday 27 July, 6:00pm

    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.

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    Ballarat Talk: The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean

    Wednesday 10 August, 6:00pm

    Senior Historian at the Australian War Memorial, Peter Burness, will discuss his new research on Charles Bean's Western Front diaries. Peter will talk about these remarkably candid diaries and what they reveal about Bean, who was Australia’s official war correspondent throughout the First World War.

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    Bean’s position took him to London, the Salisbury Plains and every important Australian battlefield in France and Belgium. Mixing with all ranks, Bean sheltered in the trenches under enemy shell-fire or took up vantage points from which to gain unique perspectives on the enormity of the actions. Most importantly, he always kept a focus on the ordinary soldier.

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  • Vietnam Panel Discussion

    Sunday 14 August, 2:30pm

    Peter Edwards, Official Historian of Australia's involvement in Southeast Asian conflicts 1948–75, will be joined by Vietnam veterans Paul Penno and Jan McCarthy to discuss the experiences of Australian service men and women in Vietnam.

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    The panel will cover topics such as the role played by nurses and the medical staff, the experiences of National Servicemen and their own personal reflections upon the war.

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  • Curator Tour: Behind the Wire

    Tuesday 23 August, 6:00pm

    Susan Gordon-Brown spent three years photographing and interviewing Australia’s Vietnam Veterans, learning about their military training, their experiences in Vietnam, and their lives after the war.

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    In this floor talk, Susan will discuss her motivation for compiling the exhibition, the process of interviewing the veterans, and insights gained through the project. Spaces are limited so make sure to book a ticket.

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