What's On - 9 March 2018

  • Exhibition: Nerves and Steel

    Saturday 22 July 2017 - Sunday 29 July 2018

    The war in the Pacific was essentially a naval struggle. Allied war aims hinged on the destruction of Japan’s powerful navy and the severing of sea communications between Japan and its far-flung Asian and Pacific conquests. Nerves and Steel explores the role played by the RAN in ultimate Allied victory and features items from the Shrine’s own collection as well as loans from the Australian War Memorial, the RAN Heritage Collection, veterans and their families. Read More

    The war in the Pacific was essentially a naval struggle. Allied war aims hinged on the destruction of Japan’s powerful navy and the severing of sea communications between Japan and its far-flung Asian and Pacific conquests. Nerves and Steel explores the role played by the RAN in ultimate Allied victory and features items from the Shrine’s own collection as well as loans from the Australian War Memorial, the RAN Heritage Collection, veterans and their families.

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  • 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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  • Ceremony: 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association with St. Bernard's College 2018

    Friday 9 March 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35b

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association will be joined by St. Bernard's College for the commemorative service, as part of the Shrine's ongoing 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program.

    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 1941 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, so were 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 2/3rd 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.