What's On - 26 September 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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  • Talks & Events: Turning Disaster Into Triumph

    Tuesday 26 September 2017

    The Battle of Polygon Wood on 26 September 1917 has often been depicted as a relatively straightforward victory; the AIF advanced behind an irresistible barrage that resembled a Gippsland bushfire, and there were inevitable casualties but no major hiccups. This interpretation is fundamentally flawed.

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    Dr Ross McMullin, the award-winning biographer of Pompey Elliott, will explain why.

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  • Ceremony: Polygon Wood Service (Friends of the 15th Brigade)100th Anniversary 2017

    Tuesday 26 September 2017, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45 60th Battalion

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    100th Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, a First ANZAC component within the third battle of Ypres that cost 5,770 Australian lives. The name is derived from a young plantation forest that lay along the First ANZAC axis of advance.

    On 25 September 1917, Australian troops of the 15th Brigade, while prepared and primed for the upcoming operation, successfully fended off a German attack south of their position. However, their advance the next day now began with uncertainty to the security of their flank.

    The British and dominion advance began at dawn on the 26th, with the 4th and 5th Divisions on the left and right of First ANZAC respectively. The infantry advanced behind a heavy artillery barrage and they secured most of their objectives without difficulty. To the south, the 15th Brigade, now reinforced by two battalions from the 8th, secured not only its own objectives but those allocated to the neighboring 98th British Brigade. The Germans launched several counter-attacks but these were thwarted by the heavy defensive artillery barrages.