Talks & Events

  • Fearless in Serbia

    Friday 8 March, 12:00pm

    As part of International Women’s Day, be inspired by the remarkable story of Melbournian surgeon Dr Mary de Garis. Mary was the Chief Medical Officer of a tent hospital for two years on the Eastern Front during the First World War.

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    Dr Mary De Garis of Victoria (1881–1963) was of the first ‘generation’ of Australian women to graduate from medicine in 1905. During the First World War, Mary worked as a surgeon in a 200-bed tent hospital in northern Macedonia, near the Balkan Front, under the Serbian Army.

    Join Dr Ruth Lee as she reclaims Mary’s experiences from the margins of First World War. Discover Mary’s reasons for joining the Scottish Women’s Hospitals in 1916—an organisation formed to contribute all-women, mobile medical units to the Imperial war effort—and why her courageous service remains unknown in Australia.

    By uncovering stories such as Mary’s we develop richer, deeper understandings that are transformative of history and oneself.


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  • Autumn Gardens Tour

    Friday 22 March, 10:30am

     Have you visited our Post-45 Memorial Garden? This autumn, join us as we explore the plantings reflecting Australian service in war and peacekeeping. Tour includes a Devonshire Tea.

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  • Screening: Warsaw Uprising

    Thursday 28 March, 12:00pm

    Created from colourised archival footage of 1944, this special film screening transports you behind the lines of the Warsaw Uprising. Directed by Jan Komasa and colourised by Piotr Sobocinski Jr.

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