Talks & Events

  • The Future Monument

    Tuesday 28 March, 6:00pm

    Does better understanding the mistakes of our past encourage us to build a peaceful future?

    The Shrine was created to ensure that the sacrifices of Victorians during the First World War would never be lost on future generations. It has also served as a place of public and private remembrance for all conflicts since. The Shrine is not simply a monument to loss or a place to reflect on our history as a nation—it also provides a space to analyse the events, motivations and consequences of conflict. It encourages us to look forward.

    The United Nations, NGOs and visionary individuals are all working towards eliminating world conflict and providing aid to people touched by war. The Shrine has taken some exciting steps in recent years to highlight these efforts, including the development of a dedicated Peace Gallery. But can war memorials play a larger role in fostering reconciliation? Are we doing all that we can to encourage the community to think critically about the choices before us?

    Join a panel comprising a young veteran, an academic, a peace theorist and a curator to explore these questions.

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    Panellists:

    Sergeant David Robertson, recipient of the Medal for Gallantry, was deployed twice to Afghanistan and currently serves as an instructor at Puckapunyal. He now wants to help the community better understand the Afghanistan conflict and how it affected the soldiers who served there.

    Dr Steven Cooke, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage, is the Course Director of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Programs at Deakin University.

    Alistair Gee, Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Economics and Peace

    Jean McAuslan, Director Exhibitions and Collections at the Shrine of Remembrance, has led the development of extensive exhibition spaces beneath the Shrine, including a Peace Gallery, which opened in late 2014.
     

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  • Flagship

    Thursday 6 April, 6:00pm

    During the Second World War, heavy cruiser HMAS Australia II protected Australia’s borders, trawled the Atlantic for German battleships and served alongside US forces in the Pacific where she survived both the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Battle of Leyte Gulf. She withstood mutiny, the first murder on an Australian war ship and multiple kamikaze attacks. Join journalist and author Mike Carlton as he delves into the intriguing history of the last ship to bear Australia’s name.

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    Presenter: Mike Carlton
    Date: Thursday 6 April, 6pm
    Location: Education Centre, Shrine of Remembrance
    Cost: $5

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    Booked Out - Curator Tour: The Blood Tub

    Tuesday 11 April, 1:00pm

    The Battles at Bullecourt in April and May 1917 were an unmitigated disaster. Marred by poor planning and disastrous mechanical failures, the battles resulted in more than 10,000 casualties and over 1,000 Australians taken prisoner. Neil Sharkey, Shrine Curator, will take guests on a tour of this exhibition and explore the factors which made the eventual victory hollow at best.

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    Presenter: Neil Sharkey
    Date: Tuesday 11 April, 1pm
    Location: Visitor Centre, Shrine of Remembrance
    Cost: $5

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    Curator Tour 2: The Blood Tub

    Tuesday 11 April, 2:30pm

     The Battles at Bullecourt in April and May 1917 were an unmitigated disaster. Marred by poor planning and disastrous mechanical failures, the battles resulted in more than 10,000 casualties and over 1,000 Australians taken prisoner. Neil Sharkey, Shrine Curator, will take guests on a tour of this exhibition and explore the factors which made the eventual victory hollow at best.

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     Presenter: Neil Sharkey
    Date: Tuesday 11 April, 2.30pm
    Location: Visitor Centre, Shrine of Remembrance
    Cost: $5

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    Maryborough Talk: The Issue That Divided a Nation

    Thursday 20 April, 2:00pm

    The Australian debates about conscription for overseas service in World War I were unique. Conscription was adopted by almost all other countries fighting the war, including Britain, Canada and New Zealand. Australia was the only country to put the issue to popular vote, and to reject conscription, if only by narrow margins. Why was Australia different? Why did the Hughes government fail where other governments has succeeded? And what was the impact of the defeat of conscription on Australia’s war effort and its later political culture?

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    Presenter: Dr Joan Beaumont
    Date: Thursday 20 April, 2pm
    Location: Maryborough Town Hall, Clarendon Street, Maryborough VIC 3465
    Cost: Entry by donation

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  • One Woman's War and Peace

    Wednesday 3 May, 12:00pm

    Sharon Bown's remarkable 16-year career with the Royal Australian Air Force saw her deployed to East Timor, Bali and Afghanistan. From barely surviving a helicopter crash to commanding a combat surgical team, Sharon's journey is a confronting, but ultimately inspirational account of what our men and women in the military experience, and the price they pay for their service. Join Sharon as she explores her life and career in the RAAF through times of war and peace.

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    Presenter: Sharon Bown
    Date: Wednesday 3 May, 12 noon
    Location: Education Centre, Shrine of Remembrance
    Cost: $5

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