What's On - 21 February 2019

  • 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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  • Exhibition: Resistance

    Friday 3 August 2018 - Sunday 4 August 2019

    'Resistance’ and ‘Underground’ are names used to describe the various secret organisations that arose in European states under enemy occupation during the Second World War. Read More

    'Resistance’ and ‘Underground’ are names used to describe the various secret organisations that arose in European states under enemy occupation during the Second World War. Many Australian servicemen and women gave aid to the Resistance, other Australians owed their freedom and lives to it. Discover the stories of some of these individuals who, through accident or design, found themselves battling the enemy using unconventional means.

    Visitors are advised that this gallery contains graphic images of violence.

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  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2019

    Thursday 21 February 2019, 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 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 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 Japanese forces on the island.