Australians on the Somme 1916 4 March 2016 - 7 August 2016

The Shrine of Remembrance marks the centenary of one of Australia’s most tragic episodes on the Western Front during the First World War with this exhibition. The exhibition recounts the story of Australia’s military operations during the Somme offensive of 1916 which centered on the small village of Poziѐres and the nearby Mouquet farm.

In a series of bloody actions between 23 July and 3 September 1916. the 1st, 2nd and 4th Australian Divisions succeeded in capturing their objectives but at a truly terrible cost: 23,000 casualties, including 6,800 men killed. The men distinguished themselves at places which have become bywords for Australian sacrifice – Gibraltar, the Windmill and Mouquet Farm. Official historian Charles Bean would movingly describe Poziѐres ridge as being ‘more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on Earth.’

The story of Poziѐres is brought to life with the exhibition of photographs and works of art reproduced and on loan from the Australian War Memorial and Imperial War Museum and with the display of original artefacts on loan from private collectors and Victorian families.


Fromelles and Poziѐres: In the Trenches of Hell
Wednesday 9 March, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start
Presenter: Peter FitzSimons
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Curator Tour: Poziѐres Exhibition
Wednesday 1 June, 12.30pm
Presenter: Neil Sharkey
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