Talks & Events

  • Offsite Tour: Trailblazers and Peacekeepers

    Tuesday 6 September, 2:00pm

    Australian and New Zealand doctors have administered anaesthesia in every major conflict since the Boer War. These men and women have, and continue to, provide care in often difficult and dangerous circumstances.

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    Join us for a curator-led tour of this exhibition exploring historical accounts of anaesthetists in conflict and first person reflections from contemporary conflicts including the Gulf War and Afghanistan.

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  • Peacekeeping and PTSD: The Psychological Legacies of Australian Peace Operations

    Wednesday 14 September, 6:00pm

    Over 65,000 Australians have served in more than 50 United Nations and other multilateral international peace operations since 1947. While many peacekeepers feel their contribution is important and rewarding, the capacity for some to develop mental illness after their service is well documented – often for reasons different than those found in combat operations. This talk will explore the unique characteristics and stressors of peace operations, and their potential psychological impacts on veterans and their families.

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  • Defending Country

    Tuesday 27 September, 6:00pm

    At least 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men served among the approximately 61,000 Australian servicemen in Vietnam. They served for a variety of reasons even though most states still restricted Indigenous civil rights.

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    This presentation will draw from oral histories and archival records to explore the life experiences of Indigenous Vietnam veterans. It will address issues including why these men enlisted in the armed forces, mateship in war, returning to discrimination and the ways that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vietnam veterans have played long-term leadership and advocacy roles for Indigenous advancement.

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  • Curator Tour: 1966

    Tuesday 4 October, 6:00pm

    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.

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    Join Dr Ian Jackson, the Shrine’s Assistance Curator and the curator of this exhibition, on a fascinating tour and learn more about the year that changed the world.

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  • Afghanistan: Inside Australia's War

    Thursday 20 October, 6:00pm

    2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the commencement of the war in the Afghanistan, Australia’s longest war. Join writer and director Victoria Midwinter-Pitt as she discusses the making of her latest documentary, Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War.

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    This remarkable project involved over 500 frank and moving interviews with service personnel and politicians. In this talk, Victoria will share her inspiration behind the project and the process of interviewing service men and women on their wartime experiences.

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    Bendigo Talk: War From a Woman's Angle

    Tuesday 25 October, 6:00pm

    Jeannine Baker reveals the little-known stories of the trailblazing women journalists who have reported on war. Since Agnes Macready travelled to South Africa in 1900 to write about the Boer War for the Catholic Press, Australian women have fought for the right to cover conflict.

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    In 1914 Louise Mack defied the orders of Lord Kitchener to travel to Belgium, where she witnessed the fall of Antwerp, and Katharine Susannah Prichard reported from close to the front at Wimeraux. These pioneers of war reporting carved a path for new generations of female foreign correspondents who have built upon their legacy.

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