What's On - 20 July 2017

  • Exhibition: Australia's Field Marshal

    Saturday 23 July 2016 - Sunday 30 July 2017

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    CURATOR TOUR
    Neil Sharkey will lead a curator tour of the exhibition on Thursday 19 January, 11.00am
    Bookings essential


    No Australian military commander has ever shouldered more responsibility, nor so divided public opinion, than Sir Thomas Blamey.

    Detractors describe him as ruthless, self-seeking and egotistical and point to personal scandals, and the damaged careers of the many capable soldiers who stood in his way. Supporters speak of a man who understood, better than any other Australian leader, the wider nature of war—the political implications of action and inaction, the importance of sea and air power, of logistics, intelligence, and troop training. This exhibition will tell his story and let visitors make up their own mind.

    ‘… he possessed a mind cultured far above the average, widely informed, alert and prehensile. He had an infinite capacity for taking pains.’
    General Sir John Monash (1865 – 1931)
    Commander, Australian Corps

    … a sensual, slothful and doubtful moral character but a tough commander likely to shine like a power-light in an emergency. The best of the local bunch.’
    General Douglas MacArthur (1880 – 1964)
    Supreme Commander, Southwest Pacific Area

    ‘…a slow-thinking churl who hates nothing so much as a soldier’
    Prime Minister Benjamin Chifley (1885 – 1951)

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  • Exhibition: Dear Laura

    Saturday 29 October 2016 - Wednesday 20 December 2017

    Dear Laura presents First World War postcards sent to Laura Brooks between 1915 and 1918 by her future husband Alan Ferguson, her brothers Ernest and Arthur and her uncle Charles Newman. Read More

    Dear Laura presents First World War postcards sent to Laura Brooks between 1915 and 1918 by her future husband Alan Ferguson, her brothers Ernest and Arthur and her uncle Charles Newman. These men enlisted and served overseas in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF).

    This exhibition explores the journeys and sights they encountered, the popularity of hand-embroidered silk postcards, the longing for loved ones and thoughts of home, as well as the devastation caused by war.

     

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  • Exhibition: The Soldiers' XI

    Saturday 1 April 2017 - Monday 2 April 2018

    The Soldiers' XI explores the conflicts in Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan from the unique perspective of cricket. Sergeant H has played cricket on eleven deployments with the Australian Army: to maintain team resilience, to build rapport with locals, and to de-stress after combat. Cricket once even brought together allies and enemy. Eleven bats each tell a story about war in the twenty-first century. Read More

    The Soldiers' XI explores the conflicts in Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan from the unique perspective of cricket. Sergeant H has played cricket on eleven deployments with the Australian Army: to maintain team resilience, to build rapport with locals, and to de-stress after combat. Cricket once even brought together allies and enemy. Eleven bats each tell a story about war in the twenty-first century.

    COMPETITION TO WIN A CRICKET BAT

    Visit the exhibition over summer for your chance to win a Bushrangers cricket bat. Our friends at Cricket Victoria have kindly donated the bat in support of this special exhibition. 

    This competition is open to children ages 7-17. To be eligible to win, you must have permission to enter from a parent or guardian and be available to attend the presentation of the prize at the Shrine on 23 February at 2.30pm.

    To Enter

    All you need to do is tell us what your favorite story is from the exhibition and why, and upload a photo of you alongside one of the 11 cricket bats. 

    To enter please also include:

    • Your full name
    • Your age
    • Your postal address.
    • The best phone number to contact you on

    Entries close 26 January (Australia Day).

    Please email your entries to education@shrine.org.au

     

     

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  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - July 2017

    Thursday 20 July 2017, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    In July, we commemorate the following important dates:

    10 July 1911: Formation of the RAN
    On the 10th July, 1911, HM King George V bestowed on the Permanent Naval Forces the title Royal Australian Navy and approved of Australian ships of war being called ‘His Majesty’s Australian Ship’.

    1 July 1916: The Battle of the Somme
    The opening day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in British or Commonwealth history with more than 60,000 men lost on the first day of the battle alone. The campaign would last for months and cost the Australian Imperial force more than 23,000 casualties.

    4 July 1918: The Battle of Hamel
    This battle was the first set-piece operation planned and conducted under Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. It came to be regarded as a model for later Western Front battles.

    19 July 1941: The Battle of Cape Spada
    HMAS Sydney sinks the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni in the battle of Cape Spada off Crete.