Talks & Events

  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    Curator Tour: Pozieres - Booked Out

    Wednesday 1 June, 12:30pm

    Pozières, a small village in the Somme valley in France, was the scene of bitter and costly fighting undertaken by the 1st, 2nd and 4th Australian Divisions in mid-1916. Join the Shrine’s Exhibitions Curator, Neil Sharkey, on an insightful tour of the Pozières exhibition. 

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    Through art, photographs and objects on display learn more about the battles that caused 23,000 Australian casualties, including the deaths of a staggering 6,800 men.

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  • Return of the Catalina (Screening)

    Thursday 16 June, 5:30pm

    In 1942, Singapore fell to the Japanese and with it, the vital air route that delivered top secret communications between Britain and Australia. A group of aviators from Australia re-established the route flying unarmed PBY Catalina flying boats for up to 32 hours across enemy territory.

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    In order to recognise these unsung heroes, a museum in Outback Australia devised an ambitious plan – to restore a seventy year old Catalina flying boat and fly 18,000km across the world, from Spain to Longreach. Join us on this journey of hardship and perseverance, in memory of a few brave men forgotten to history.

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  • World War I - A Jazz Reflection

    Sunday 26 June, 12:00pm

    Due to popular demand there will be an additional performance at midday.

    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, bookings essential.

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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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  • 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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