What's On - 7 December 2019

  • 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: Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ship Infantry Association of Victoria 2019

    Saturday 7 December 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 Representative:
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  • Ceremony: American Ex-Servicemen's Association 2019

    Saturday 7 December 2019, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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.