Talks & Events

  • 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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  • Open House Melbourne: Architecture, Symbology and the Shrine

    Sunday 31 July, 12:00pm

    In late 2014, the Shrine unveiled the new Galleries of Remembrance and Education Centre. Australia’s history of military service in peacekeeping and war has been incorporated throughout the design and symbology of these new spaces.

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    Join award winning architect and Founding Director of ARM Architecture, Ian McDougall, for a special talk on his involvement in this project and the inspiration behind features including the zig zag courtyards and the use of colour throughout. A limited number of early release tickets are now available. The remainer of tickets will be available from 18 July.

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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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  • 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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