What's On - 13 August 2016

  • 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.

    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: 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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  • Exhibition: Australia's Field Marshal

    Saturday 23 July 2016 - Sunday 30 July 2017

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    Neil Sharkey will lead a curator tour of the exhibition on Thursday 19 January, 11.00am
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    No Australian military commander has ever shouldered more responsibility, nor so divided public opinion, than Sir Thomas Blamey.

    Detractors describe him as ruthless, self-seeking and egotistical and point to personal scandals, and the damaged careers of the many capable soldiers who stood in his way. Supporters speak of a man who understood, better than any other Australian leader, the wider nature of war—the political implications of action and inaction, the importance of sea and air power, of logistics, intelligence, and troop training. This exhibition will tell his story and let visitors make up their own mind.

    ‘… he possessed a mind cultured far above the average, widely informed, alert and prehensile. He had an infinite capacity for taking pains.’
    General Sir John Monash (1865 – 1931)
    Commander, Australian Corps

    … a sensual, slothful and doubtful moral character but a tough commander likely to shine like a power-light in an emergency. The best of the local bunch.’
    General Douglas MacArthur (1880 – 1964)
    Supreme Commander, Southwest Pacific Area

    ‘…a slow-thinking churl who hates nothing so much as a soldier’
    Prime Minister Benjamin Chifley (1885 – 1951)

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  • Exhibition: Behind the Wire

    Saturday 13 August 2016 - Sunday 23 October 2016

    Photographs and interviews by Susan Gordon-Brown. Behind the Wire is an exhibition about Vietnam veterans, their jobs and their experiences, in their words. Read More

    Much has been written about the politics and military battles and strategy but I was interested in finding out about day-to-day life, how our guys coped with the situations they were put in and how they settled into life on their return to Australia.

    Susan Gordon-Brown

    Behind the Wire is an exhibition about Vietnam veterans, their jobs and their experiences, in their words.

    Susan Gordon-Brown photographed and interviewed Vietnam veterans from all over Australia, asking them about their training prior to Vietnam, daily tasks on tour and life since their return to Australia.

    The exhibition includes National Servicemen and regulars, soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses of many different ranks and roles: cooks, dental assistants, truck drivers, tank drivers, forward scouts, riflemen, Training Team members, civilian nurses and more.

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