What's On - 27 August 2018

  • 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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  • 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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  • Exhibition: The Shrine Guard and Montbrehain

    Thursday 9 August 2018 - Friday 5 October 2018

    Current-day members of the Shrine Guard will travel to Montbrehain, France, to honour their own who helped liberate the small town 100 years earlier. Read More

    Current-day members of the Shrine Guard will travel to Montbrehain, France, to honour their own who helped liberate the small town 100 years earlier.

    As testament to the deep-seated and ongoing appreciation of a town who still honour the legacy of the Australians who fought and fell to save their village, a commemorative plaque has been forged to acknowledge the bond that endures between our two nations.

    From 1935 until 1990 Shrine Guards were drawn from the ranks of Victoria Police and continue under its auspices to this day. Officer in Charge of the Victoria Police Shrine Guard Inspector Michael Glinski will join a contingent of five serving Shrine Guards as they travel to France for the official dedication and unveiling of the plaque.

    Two events recently took place in Australia prior to the official ceremony and unveiling of a commemorative plaque at its final resting place Montbrehain, France. These centenary events are supported by Victoria Police and the Blue Ribbon Foundation.

    Thursday 9 August at 4pm, Victoria Police Academy, Glen Waverley
    Official blessing of the Montbrehain commemorative plaque at the Victoria Police Academy, Glen Waverley.

    Thursday 23 August 11am, Shrine of Remembrance
    Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Graham Ashton AM presents the Montbrehain commemorative plaque to the people of France. The memorial plaque will be officially handed over to the French Honorary Consul of Melbourne, Mrs Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie who will accept on behalf of the people of France. Descendants of the Australian Infantry who served in the battle will be in attendance.

    Friday 5 October, Montbrehain France
    Official dedication and remembrance ceremony followed by the unveiling of the plaque ceremony at the Montbrehain Town Hall.

    Lieutenant George Mawby Ingram was part of this valiant group and received the highest military award for his bravery—the Victoria Cross. From his humble beginnings in Bendigo and the Yarra Valley, to apprentice carpenter in Prahran, 17 years after this historic battle Ingram would commence his first day of duty as a Shrine Guard. Private George Blyth from Sale, another of the 12 original and highly decorated Shrine Guard, received the Military Medal in the same campaign.

    Find out more about Lieutenant George Ingram VC MM.

    View a gallery of images of the Shrine Guard's history.

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