What's On - 19 January 2020

  • Exhibition: The Korean War 1950 - 53

    Friday 29 March 2019 - Sunday 22 March 2020

    Over 18,000 Australians fought in the Korean War (1950–53) a conflict which claimed three million lives, including those of 339 Australians. The clash between North and South Korea remains unresolved to this day. This exhibition explains the war’s origins, why Australia became involved, why neither side could win, and why the war still matters today. Read More

    Over 18,000 Australians fought in the Korean War (1950–53) a conflict which claimed three million lives, including those of 339 Australians. The clash between North and South Korea remains unresolved to this day.

    This exhibition explains the war’s origins, why Australia became involved, why neither side could win, and why the war still matters today.

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  • Exhibition: Changed forever

    Wednesday 11 September 2019 - Friday 30 April 2021

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    In Changed forever, stories of migrants who have resettled in Australia from war-torn countries are presented beside those of recent veterans of overseas service in the Australian Defence Force. This moving exhibition explores the impacts of global and civil conflict in changing lives and shaping contemporary Australia.

    All have been redefined by the emotional and physical dislocation of war, and seek to reconcile this with their new lives.

    Enhanced with art, objects, photographs, audio-visuals and interactives, their personal stories reflect the range and depth of experiences in conflict and life post war.

    Changed forever will tour these venues:

    Shrine of  Remembrance, Melbourne 11September - 14 October                                       
    Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Craigieburn 24 October – 1 December 2019
    RSL Memorial Hall, Bendigo 7 February – 23 March 2020
    Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston April – May 2020
    Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydal 8 August – 18 October 2020
    Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough April 2021

     

    Email [email protected] to discuss the possibility of hosting this exhibition at your venue.

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    Changed Forever is supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.

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  • Exhibition: Through the eyes of the son

    Friday 1 November 2019 - Tuesday 1 September 2020

    Through the Eyes of the Son features many never-before-exhibited images from acclaimed photographer, John Williams. Best known for his documentary street photography, John’s preoccupation with the First World War was inspired by his father’s service. Read More

    Photographer, John Williams (1933-2016), left an impressive intellectual and creative legacy that reflected his passion and preoccupation with the impact of the First World War on Australian culture and society.

    Inspired by his father’s service, John’s war related imagery provides perceptive reflections on collective memory and memorialisation.

    The exhibition will showcase some of John’s most iconic images, including his Anzac Day and War Portraits series. It will also include, for the first time, a series of works, never printed or exhibited in his lifetime.

    These haunting and deeply poignant photographs were taken in 1991 on one of John’s many visits to the Western Front. These works add even greater depth to his artistic contribution, exploring the impacts of the war across time and place.

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  • Ceremony: 2/29 Battalion AIF Association 2020

    Sunday 19 January 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The 2/29 Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in Victoria in 1940 for service in the Second World War. They participated in the Malayan Campaign, fighting delaying actions around Bakri and Muar, eventually withdrawing to Singapore to fight in the defence (February 1942). The Battalion were captured when the garrison capitulated and they spent the duration of the war as prisoners, being moved around different camps including the infamous Changi prison. 582 members of the 2/29 AIB were killed in action or died in captivity, with 143 wounded in action.

    This service is held on the closest Sunday to 17 January as the anniversary of their first action. 

  • Ceremony: 2/22 Battalion Lark Force Association 2020

    Sunday 19 January 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The 2/22 Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in July 1940 and initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne. They arrived in Rabaul (New Britain) on 26 April 1941 and combined with the local New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, a coastal defence battery, an anti-aircraft battery and elements of 2/10 Field Ambulance and 17 Anti-Tank Battery to form Lark Force. The "Bird Forces" were deployed to protect vulnerable coastal areas and airbases, wth Lark Force operating at the Lakunai and Vunakau airbases. 

    After Japanese bombing of New Britain in January 1942 destroyed most of their assets, Lark Force withdrew from Rabaul and awaited the inevitable Japanese landings. Overwhelmed by superior numbers of Japanese troops and unprepared for an ordered retreat, Lark Force disintegrated and attempted to escape.

    Approximately 160 Australians captured were massacred at Tol Plantation and another 836 were interned as prisoners, some of whom were killed in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru transport ship.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - January 2020

    Sunday 19 January 2020, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Mr. Graeme Plumridge
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    The Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service honours Victorian servicemen and women from all branches of the Armed Forces. In particular, we remember Victorians who served during the First and Second World Wars, who once would have attended their annual Pilgrimage in this month, but due to the passage of time are no longer able to. 

    In World War I, 89,000 Victorians served overseas. 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.
    In World War II, 297,000 Victorians served overseas. 10,900 made the supreme sacrifice.

    We will remember them.