Talks & Events

  • 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 Assistant 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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  • The Future Movement

    Thursday 3 November, 6:00pm

    The Shrine was created to ensure that the sacrifices of Victorians during the First World War would never be lost on future generations. It facilitates public and private remembrance and provides a lens through which to examine events, motivations, responses to and consequences of war. Can we also look forward?

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    Memorial museums are increasingly seen as integral to peace processes and reconciliation after conflict. During the centenary of the First World War, it is timely to ask what more can we contribute to foster peace and reconciliation? Join a panel comprising a young veteran, an academic, a peace theorist and a curator to explore these questions.

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    Monuments of Remembrance

    Wednesday 9 November, 6:00pm

     Even as the guns fell silent over the battlefields of Europe in 1918, Australia’s military leaders were planning to commemorate pivotal Australian victories through a series of monuments on the Western Front.

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    In Australia too, communities motivated by loss, grief and a determination to never forget the cost to a generation, erected hundreds of war memorials across the land over the following decades—and again after 1945. This talk will explore motives for commemoration—victory, honour and remembrance—through a range of key monuments to Australia’s service men and women.

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  • Shrine Annual Dinner 2016

    Tuesday 15 November, 6:30pm

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