What's On - 16 October 2016

  • 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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