What's On - 26 August 2017

  • Exhibition: The 'Blood Tub'

    Saturday 15 October 2016 - Sunday 1 October 2017

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    In early 1917 Australian soldiers fought two battles at Bullecourt in France. So ferocious were they that Australian soldiers renamed the town ‘The blood tub.’ The first action fought on 11 April was a complete disaster, the second (3 – 17 May) a hollow victory at best. German General Eric Ludendorff later wrote of the Arras campaign, of which the Bullecourt battles were part—‘no doubt exceedingly important strategic objects lay behind the British attack, but I have never been able to discover what they were.’

    CURATOR TOUR
    Neil Sharkey will lead a curator tour of the exhibition on Wednesday 11 April, 1pm
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    100th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE AND PUBLIC PROGRAM
    On Saturday 13 May, a special commemorative service and public program will be held to mark the centenary of the Battles of Bullecourt. An 11am wreath laying in the Sanctuary will be followed by a special talk at 12 noon by Bullecourt expert and author Dr David Coombes in the Shrine Education Centre. Bookings are required for the talk as spaces are limited.

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  • Exhibition: Dear Laura

    Saturday 29 October 2016 - Tuesday 31 October 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 - Sunday 1 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.

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  • Exhibition: Nerves and Steel

    Saturday 22 July 2017 - Sunday 29 July 2018

    The war in the Pacific was essentially a naval struggle. Allied war aims hinged on the destruction of Japan’s powerful navy and the severing of sea communications between Japan and its far-flung Asian and Pacific conquests. Nerves and Steel explores the role played by the RAN in ultimate Allied victory and features items from the Shrine’s own collection as well as loans from the Australian War Memorial, the RAN Heritage Collection, veterans and their families. Read More

    The war in the Pacific was essentially a naval struggle. Allied war aims hinged on the destruction of Japan’s powerful navy and the severing of sea communications between Japan and its far-flung Asian and Pacific conquests. Nerves and Steel explores the role played by the RAN in ultimate Allied victory and features items from the Shrine’s own collection as well as loans from the Australian War Memorial, the RAN Heritage Collection, veterans and their families.

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  • Ceremony: 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign

    Saturday 26 August 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The Kokoda Campaign consisted of a series of battles fought along the Kokoda Trail from July to November 1942, between Japan and combined Australian-Papuan Forces. Initial Japanese advances were eventually reversed through vicious fighting, at a loss of 625 Australian lives and 1,600 wounded. Casualties due to sickness exceeded 4,000.

    The Kokoda Trail (Papua New Guinea) was a path that traversed the Owen Stanley mountain range, providing access between Port Moresby and the Kumusi River crossing at Wairopi. The Japanese favoured the trail for an overland advance on Port Moresby, when the Battle of the Coral Sea limited amphibious options.

    Victory on the Kokoda Trail denied the Japanese additional airfields from which to threaten Allied bases in northern Australia, and was the impetus to change jungle warfare tactics for the Australian Army.