What's On - 17 May 2018

  • Exhibition: Nerves and Steel

    Saturday 22 July 2017 - Sunday 29 July 2018

    The war in the Pacific was essentially a naval struggle. Allied war aims hinged on the destruction of Japan’s powerful navy and the severing of sea communications between Japan and its far-flung Asian and Pacific conquests. Nerves and Steel explores the role played by the RAN in ultimate Allied victory and features items from the Shrine’s own collection as well as loans from the Australian War Memorial, the RAN Heritage Collection, veterans and their families. Read More

    The war in the Pacific was essentially a naval struggle. Allied war aims hinged on the destruction of Japan’s powerful navy and the severing of sea communications between Japan and its far-flung Asian and Pacific conquests. Nerves and Steel explores the role played by the RAN in ultimate Allied victory and features items from the Shrine’s own collection as well as loans from the Australian War Memorial, the RAN Heritage Collection, veterans and their families.

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  • Exhibition: The Light Horse

    Friday 20 October 2017 - Sunday 21 October 2018

    While Australian infantry served in the grim trenches of the Western Front, their comrades in the Australian Light Horse were fighting dynamic campaign of maneuver against the Ottoman Turks in the desert wastes of Sinai, Palestine and Syria. This exhibition tells the story of the Sinai-Palestine campaign and explores how it has captured the imagination of Australians ever since. Read More

    While Australian infantry served in the grim trenches of the Western Front, their comrades in the Australian Light Horse were fighting dynamic campaign of manoeuvre against the Ottoman Turks in the desert wastes of Sinai, Palestine and Syria. This exhibition tells the story of the Sinai-Palestine campaign and explores how it has captured the imagination of Australians ever since.

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  • Exhibition: For Humanity

    Saturday 7 April 2018 - Sunday 24 March 2019

    This exhibition tells the story of medical care in war and peacekeeping since 1945 Read More

    This exhibition tells the story of medical care in war and peacekeeping since 1945. Victorian men and women have helped the sick and wounded across the world, including in Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Rwanda, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. They have braved sometimes dire conditions and desperate circumstances, often coming under direct threat of death and harm.

    The exhibition explores themes of life, death and compassion: what it means to preserve life when those around you are taking it; why enemies need treatment as much as your own do; how the long term health effects of service can become apparent only decades later; and how minds can be wounded and need treatment just as bodies do.

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  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - May 2018

    Thursday 17 May 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of May we commemorate the following events:

    3 May 1917: Second Battle of Bullecourt
    Australian forces launched a successful attack at Bullecourt, France, as part of the Arras Campaign. Allied casualties for the battle totaled 7,000.

    30 May 1942: The ‘1000 Bomber Raid’
    Numerous RAAF crews of Bomber Command took part in the first of the ‘1000 Bomber’ raids on Nazi Germany. Bomber Command suffered the highest casualty rates of any Allied service during the war, and more than 3,500 Australians alone would lose their lives on bomber operations.

    14 May 1943: Sinking of the hospital ship Centaur
    The hospital ship Centaur was sunk off the Queensland coast in one of the most controversial incidents of the war. Clearly marked and lit as a hospital ship with the Red Cross a Japanese submarine nevertheless sank her in May 1943. Only 64 of the 332 souls on board survived, including just one of 12 nurses, and images of the sinking Centaur would become part of Australian propaganda for the rest of the war.

    29 May 1945: Second Sandakan Death March
    Australian and British POWs in Japanese hands, already abused and malnourished, were forced to carry Japanese supplies from Sandakan to Ranau. Hundreds died along the way, perishing of disease, starvation or at the hands of their Japanese guards. The survivors faced further abuse at the hands of the Japanese and by the end of the war only six men of the approximately 1000 to take part in the Death marches were alive.