What's On - 6 March 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:

    11 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: 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association with St. Bernard's College 2020

    Friday 6 March 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35

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    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association will be supported by students and staff of St. Bernard's College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion was formed in June 1940 and raised in South Australia. B Company came from Victoria, C Company came from Tasmania and D Company came from Western Australia; in April 1945 they were united while onboard the troopship taking them to the Middle East.

    After initial service and fighting in Syria they were recalled to Australia but were caught in the Japanese advance in 1942 and ordered to make a stand in Java among other Allied forces known as Blackforce (excluding B Company). After Dutch forces surrendered, Blackforce was ordered to lay down arms and survivors spent the rest of the war as prisoners, mostly working on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway. 139 men from the 2/3 died while prisoners. 

    The remaining B Company moved around Australia before going to New Guinea to support the 6th Division's Aitape-Wewak campaign. Following Japan's surrender in August, 2/3 Battalion men were either discharged or transferred. In December the remaining members returned to Australia and in January 1946 the 2/3 was disbanded in Sydney.