What's On - 10 June 2016

  • Exhibition: The war on our doorstep

    Tuesday 11 November 2014 - Sunday 17 July 2016

    The latter New Guinea campaigns saw Australia’s troops hone the skills and demonstrate the prowess which, by war’s end, had made them the world’s finest jungle fighters. Read More

    Australian success in Papua between July 1942 and January 1943 checked the Japanese southward advance but the victories at Kokoda, Milne Bay and the Beachheads did not remove the Japanese presence in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea to Papua’s north. From early 1943, Australian troops embarked upon a series of campaigns in the Mandate–at Wau (29 January – 6 February 1943), Salamaua–Lae (April–September 1943), Finisterre Range (September 1943 – April 1944) and Huon Peninsula (September 1943 – March 1944) which eradicated the enemy threat from mainland New Guinea once and for all. These campaigns, the subject of this exhibition, were the largest series of interconnected operations ever undertaken by the Australian military and proved every bit as gruelling and hard fought as the earlier, more celebrated campaigns in Papua. The latter New Guinea campaigns saw Australia’s troops hone the skills and demonstrate the prowess which, by war’s end, had made them the world’s finest jungle fighters.

    This temporary exhibition is located in the the Galleries of Remembrance, a $45 million Victorian Government redevelopment that utilises 1,600 square metres of undercroft space that exists beneath the Shrine of Remembrance. Over 800 objects are included in permanent and temporary exhibition spaces which illustrate the experiences of Australians at war and in peacekeeping operations, from Pre-Federation to the present day, with a particular focus on individual and unit stories of Victorian service and sacrifice.

    Last admission to the Galleries of Remembrance is 4.30pm.

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  • Exhibition: Humanity Under Fire

    Saturday 24 October 2015 - Sunday 9 October 2016

    Will Dyson’s incisive political cartoons and his focus on the human face of the First World War can be seen in his lithographs, original cartoons and photographs in which he depicts friendships, hardships at the front and life behind the lines. Read More

    The Shrine of Remembrance presents an exhibition to mark the centenary of when Australia’s first official war artist, Will Dyson, first began working on the Western Front.

    The incisive political insight of Dyson’s cartoons, particularly the Kultur Cartoons on the rise of militarism, had gained him international acclaim. On his appointment as an official war artist, Dyson shifted the focus of his drawings from grand political narratives to individual soldiers and their hardships in combat. Dyson depicted the miserable conditions, loneliness and suffering and the wry, understated humour of the ordinary soldier.

    The exhibition presents some of Dyson’s best known work, focusing on the limited edition lithographs made from his frontline sketches. Oil paintings on loan from the Australian War Memorial give further insight into the breadth of his art.

    WILL DYSON: AUSTRALIA'S RADICAL GENIUS
    Ross McMullin’s illustrated presentation will illuminate the life, creativity and humour of the conspicuously talented, remarkably versatile and internationally acclaimed Ballarat-born artist–writer Will Dyson, who depicted Australian soldiers with profound empathy and sympathy as our first official war artist. Dyson drew endurance and resilience, grit and grief. Arrive early to view some of Dyson’s best-known work in the Humanity Under Fire exhibition, with access to the Galleries of Remembrance extended until 6pm exclusively for those attending this talk.

    Date: Tuesday 5 April, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start
    Location: Auditorium, Shrine of Remembrance
    Cost: FREE, gold coin donation welcome
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  • Exhibition: Pozieres

    Friday 4 March 2016 - Sunday 7 August 2016

    This 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. Read More

    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.

    RELATED TALKS AND TOURS
     

    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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  • Exhibition: 1966

    Monday 4 April 2016 - Sunday 26 March 2017

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    1966 was the year that Australia sent a Task Force to Vietnam, the year the first National Servicemen served in the war, and the year of the battle of Long Tan. Australia felt the heat of the Cold War and the throes of a youth revolution, in the year the first baby boomers came of age. Fifty years on, this exhibition tells the story of a year that changed Australia and the world.

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