What's On - 9 September 2018

  • 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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  • Exhibition: For Humanity

    Saturday 7 April 2018 - Sunday 24 March 2019

    This exhibition tells the story of medical care in war and peacekeeping since 1945 Read More

    This exhibition tells the story of medical care in war and peacekeeping since 1945. Victorian men and women have helped the sick and wounded across the world, including in Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Rwanda, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. They have braved sometimes dire conditions and desperate circumstances, often coming under direct threat of death and harm.

    The exhibition explores themes of life, death and compassion: what it means to preserve life when those around you are taking it; why enemies need treatment as much as your own do; how the long term health effects of service can become apparent only decades later; and how minds can be wounded and need treatment just as bodies do.

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  • Exhibition: Resistance

    Friday 3 August 2018 - Sunday 4 August 2019

    'Resistance’ and ‘Underground’ are names used to describe the various secret organisations that arose in European states under enemy occupation during the Second World War. Read More

    'Resistance’ and ‘Underground’ are names used to describe the various secret organisations that arose in European states under enemy occupation during the Second World War. Many Australian servicemen and women gave aid to the Resistance, other Australians owed their freedom and lives to it. Discover the stories of some of these individuals who, through accident or design, found themselves battling the enemy using unconventional means.

    Visitors are advised that this gallery contains graphic images of violence.

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  • Ceremony: 2/33rd Battalion Association 2018

    Sunday 9 September 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    Formed in the UK in June 1940 from Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, the 2/33rd Infantry Battalion would see action in North Africa and the Pacific. Most prominently involved in fighting on the Kokoda Trail, they acted as the rearguard in the final Australian retreat to Imita Ridge before taking part in the pursuit of the Japanese back to the northern coast of Papua New Guinea.

     The 2/33rd Battalion returned to Port Moresby in late July 1943 in preparation for operations to capture Lae, in New Guinea. On 7 September, while waiting at Jackson’s Airfield at Moresby, a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 injured – a third of their fatal casualties for the entire war. This tragedy is remembered at this service, held annually on the second Sunday in September.