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Toys, Tales & Tenacity

Childhood experiences of war

11 August 2023 - 14 July 2024

From cherished toy soldiers and adventure comics to immersive cadet training and captivating computer games, children have long engaged in war-like activities that ignite their imagination and spirit. Through these games, stories, and activities, they navigate a world that can often seem senseless, finding meaning and understanding within the chaos.

This first-of-its-kind exhibition at the Shrine of Remembrance delves into the experiences of children during war, shedding light on their unique perspectives and the profound impact war has had on their upbringing.

While war may have been an indirect experience for many Victorian children, we also recognise those whose lives were directly affected. Some children faced separation from loved ones, endured hardships and sacrifices, or bore witness to the uncertainty and anxiety that war brings. Their stories are integral to understanding the lasting impact war can have on the formative years of childhood.

Join us for an immersive and thought-provoking journey as we explore the intertwined stories of war, childhood, and the enduring spirit of youth in the face of adversity. Discover the remarkable resilience, patriotism, and imagination of children throughout history, and gain a deeper understanding of the profound impact war has had on Australian culture.

Toys, Tales, Tenacity: The Podcast

Listen to true tales of tenacity as three extraordinary individuals share their stories of how war and conflict have impacted their childhood.

This podcast is also available on Spotify(opens in a new window) and other streaming services.(opens in a new window)

Hear tales of Victorian children in wartime 

This exhibition is supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.

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