What's On - 20 February 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

    Sunday 1 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:

    September – October 2019 Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
    24 October – 1 December 2019 Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn
    February – March 2020 RSL Memorial Hall, Bendigo
    April – May 2020 Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston 
    8 August – 18 October 2020 Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale
    April 2021 Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough

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

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

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  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2020

    Thursday 20 February 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In the month of February we commemorate several actions that occurred in the Pacific theatre in the Second World War. 

    8 February 1942: The Invasion of Singapore
    The Japanese invasion and subsequent capture of 'Fortress Singapore' ranks as one of the darkest episodes of the Second World War. Despite putting up a fierce defence more than 15,000 men of the 8th Division became prisoners of war following the surrender of Singapore. Thousands of these men would die in Japanese POW camps and more would suffer from injury and illness received in these camps for the rest of their lives.

    16 February 1942: Bangka Island Massacre
    Following the sinking of the Vyner Brooke, a merchant ship carrying medical personnel and wounded soldiers back to Australia, several dozen Australians escaped the sinking ship and landed on Bangka Island. Here Japanese forces would massacre the wounded soldiers and their medical carers, leaving Sister Lieutenant Vivian Bullwinkel as the only survivor.

    28 February 1942: Sinking of the HMAS Perth
    HMAS Perth, a Leander class light cruiser, was one of the most famous RAN ships of the Second World War. She established a tremendous record in the Mediterranean theatre before returning home to fight the Japanese in early 1942. She was sunk in company with the USS Houston following a night action against a much larger Japanese force off Sunda Strait.

    3-8 February 1943: The Battle of Wau
    The Battle of Wau was a pivotal moment in the Australian campaign against Japanese forces on New Guinea. With the help of RAAF ground attack aircraft, regular Army and militia units were first able to defeat the Japanese attack on Wau before launching a counter-attack that marked the beginning of the end for Japanesen forces on the island.