What's On - 7 December 2019

  • Exhibition: Changed forever

    Wednesday 11 September 2019 - Saturday 30 April 2022

    Changed forever is traveling to various locations throughout Victoria between now and April 2022. Read on for location and date information. Read More

    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.

    Please check the venue websites for current advice on opening hours in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. 

    Shrine of  Remembrance, Melbourne 11 September - 14 October                                       
    Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Craigieburn 24 October – 1 December 2019
    Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo 7 February – 20 March 2020
    Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston Rescheduled - dates to be confirmed
    Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale Rescheduled - dates to be confirmed
    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: Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ship Infantry Association of Victoria 2019

    Saturday 7 December 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    The Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ships Infantry Association of Victoria will honour the veterans and acknowledge the serving members of HMA Ships Westralia, Kanimbla, Manoora and Assault.

    AMCs were merchant ships converted for naval service with the addition of armour and guns, for self-defence in supply convoys. With limited success in this role some were repurposed as Landing Ships to serve in troop transport roles. HMAS Assault was a Navy training centre specialising in amphibious assaults, characteristic of the Allied offensives in the Pacific theatre of the Second World War.

  • Ceremony: The Shrine Young Ambassador Wreath Laying Service 2019

    Saturday 7 December 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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  • Ceremony: American Ex-Servicemen's Association 2019

    Saturday 7 December 2019, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    The American Ex-Servicemen's Association was founded in March 1946 by a group of American Service personnel who emigrated to Australia. It is a social organisation formed to promote the welfare of American Ex-Servicemen and women in Australia and to secure better relations between Americans and the Australian Community. We honour that relationship today with their annual Commemorative Service in the Sanctuary.

    On 7 December 1941, Imperial Japan entered the Second World War by attacking the allied forces in the Pacific. The most infamous and deadly was a powerful air strike on the United State's Pacific Fleet, peacefully anchored in Hawaii's Pearl Harbour, with the aim of destroying the Fleet and thus America's ability to influence the War in the Pacific region. Other simultaneous  attacks were meant to serve as preludes to full-scale invasion and occupation of Malaya, Thailand, Guam, Wake, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, and Hawaii.