Talks & Events

  • Curator Talk: Resistance

    Tuesday 21 August, 12:00pm

     Join Shrine Curator Neil Sharkey as he explores the stories of Australians who gave aid to the various Resistance organisations in Axis accupied Europe and those Australians who owed their freedom and their lives to these groups.

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     Hear how the stories and themes from different resistance movements have been brought together to create the exhibition's overarching narrative and the difficulties inherent in explaining such a complex and diverse topic.

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  • Army Leadership Secrets

    Wednesday 29 August, 12:00pm

    Some of our greatest leaders and shapers of society have hailed from the Australian Defence Forces. Hear from Brigadier Nicholas Jans OAM (Retd) about how military institutions create extraordinary leaders and what skills and principles civilians can learn from our armed forces.

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    The Last 100 Days

    Tuesday 4 September, 12:00pm

    Sourced from soldier’s diaries and letters, Will Davies, pieces together their experiences from Amiens to the Hindenburg line.

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    What were the experiences of the Australians fighting on the Western Front in the final battles of the First World War? Sourced from soldier’s diaries and letters, Will Davies, pieces together their experiences from Amiens to the Hindenburg line.

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  • The Battle Within

    Thursday 20 September, 12:00pm

    What did it mean in a country so attached to Anzac, a legend of battlefield prowess, to have spent the war as a prisoner? Drawing on their own words, Christina Twomey presents the POW’s struggle to rehabilitate themselves and to win compensation.

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  • ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 sharing victoria's stories

    Seizing Damascus

    Tuesday 25 September, 12:00pm

    Dr Jean Bou will examine the dramatic events in Palestine in the last months of the Great War, when a great offensive led to a rapid British advance over hundreds of miles. An advance in which the Australian Light Horse played a considerable role.

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    In the last months of the First World War the light horsemen of the Australian Mounted Division took part in a remarkable advance that started in Central Palestine, near modern Tel Aviv, and finished at Aleppo in northern Syria. On the way the city of Damascus fell to the advancing Australian horsemen. This lecture will examine these events, their historical context, and the Australian role in them, to highlight this dramatic conclusion to the fighting in the Middle East in 1918.

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  • Bomber Command to Resistance

    Wednesday 10 October, 12:00pm

    Join Michael Veitch and discover the extraordinary story of young Australian airman Barney Greatex. Shot down during his 20th mission over occupied France and rescued by the resistance, Barney seized the opportunity to continue fighting.

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