What's On - 11 March 2013

  • Exhibition: Peace

    Friday 21 September 2012 - Sunday 12 May 2013

    This exhibition asks the question: what is peace? It examines international, national and local efforts that seek to ensure stability and opportunities for creative collaboration in our world. Read More

    Evidence of our commitment to peace is frequently overshadowed by the emphasis given by the media to reports of conflict. This exhibition asks the question: what is peace? It examines international, national and local efforts that seek to ensure stability and opportunities for creative collaboration in our world. Australia's roles in peacekeeping in recent decades and in international initiatives for peace, contributes to the narrative. Peace cannot be taken for granted, and it seems, demands our eternal vigilance.

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  • Exhibition: The Enemy Within

    Friday 22 February 2013 - Sunday 29 September 2013

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    PLEASE NOTE: The exhibition will close at 2pm on Sunday 29 September.

    Learn about the experiences of prisoners of war and civilian internees in Victoria during the Second World War (1939-45) and discover a little known aspect of Australia's history. This exhibition explores the impacts on prisoners of war and internees who lived and worked in camps. Between 1939 and 1947 rural Victoria hosted eight internment and prisoner of war camps from the network that was scattered across Australia. The camps operated as communities and incorporated canteens, hospitals, dental and recreational facilities and schools.

    By 1947 almost 26,000 prisoners of war and 15,000 internees had experienced the camp system, living in tin huts behind barbed wire. They were known as the 'enemy' or 'enemy aliens'. The notion of nationality became a divise issue of war on the home front and the experience of internment would have a lasting impact on Australia's migrant and wider community.

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