What's On - 8 May 2017

  • Exhibition: Australia's Field Marshal

    Saturday 23 July 2016 - Sunday 30 July 2017

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    Neil Sharkey will lead a curator tour of the exhibition on Thursday 19 January, 11.00am
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    No Australian military commander has ever shouldered more responsibility, nor so divided public opinion, than Sir Thomas Blamey.

    Detractors describe him as ruthless, self-seeking and egotistical and point to personal scandals, and the damaged careers of the many capable soldiers who stood in his way. Supporters speak of a man who understood, better than any other Australian leader, the wider nature of war—the political implications of action and inaction, the importance of sea and air power, of logistics, intelligence, and troop training. This exhibition will tell his story and let visitors make up their own mind.

    ‘… he possessed a mind cultured far above the average, widely informed, alert and prehensile. He had an infinite capacity for taking pains.’
    General Sir John Monash (1865 – 1931)
    Commander, Australian Corps

    … a sensual, slothful and doubtful moral character but a tough commander likely to shine like a power-light in an emergency. The best of the local bunch.’
    General Douglas MacArthur (1880 – 1964)
    Supreme Commander, Southwest Pacific Area

    ‘…a slow-thinking churl who hates nothing so much as a soldier’
    Prime Minister Benjamin Chifley (1885 – 1951)

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  • Exhibition: Dear Laura

    Saturday 29 October 2016 - Wednesday 20 December 2017

    Dear Laura presents First World War postcards sent to Laura Brooks between 1915 and 1918 by her future husband Alan Ferguson, her brothers Ernest and Arthur and her uncle Charles Newman. Read More

    Dear Laura presents First World War postcards sent to Laura Brooks between 1915 and 1918 by her future husband Alan Ferguson, her brothers Ernest and Arthur and her uncle Charles Newman. These men enlisted and served overseas in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF).

    This exhibition explores the journeys and sights they encountered, the popularity of hand-embroidered silk postcards, the longing for loved ones and thoughts of home, as well as the devastation caused by war.


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  • Ceremony: 72nd ANNIVERSARY of Victory in Europe (VE Day) Incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association

    Monday 8 May 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    The RSL will hold a State Remembrance Service, in conjunction with the Friends of the ODD BODS Association, at the Shrine of Remembrance on Monday 8th May 2017 to commemorate the World War 2 Victory in Europe.

    On 7 May 1945 the German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts, just a week after the death of Adolf Hitler: the war in Europe was over. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8–9 May 1945. The following day, 8 May, was declared VE (Victory in Europe) Day, but in Australia, celebration was tempered with the knowledge that the war in the Pacific was still to be won.
    Australians serving overseas joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations, with Australian prisoners of war in European prison camps liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew beginning to returning home. While in the major Australian cities there were similar outbursts of rejoicing, overall, the mood across the country was sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services, and on 9 May 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

    The Service marks the RSL’s recognition of this important day in our history. It is expected that the service will attract people of all ages and has special meaning to those who have lost relatives and loved ones during that war.
    Students from schools are expected to attend.

  • Ceremony: 6th Battalion Association - Krithia Day 2017

    Monday 8 May 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B36

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    Aimed at capturing the heights of Achi Baba the Second Battle of Krithia was fought between the 6th to 8th of May 1915 on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian 2nd Brigade (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Battalions) were released from ANZAC Cove to reinforce the British and French making the assault from Cape Helles. During the ill-fated battle, 6 Battalion suffered casualties of 15 officers and 222 other ranks. This action is commemorated by the 6th Battalion Association each year on 8th May.