The Shrine’s newest exhibition, Dean Bowen’s Imagining Centaur, centres on a series of beautiful, thought-provoking works of art created in response to the tragic sinking of 2/3 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur on 14 May 1943. Join the exhibition’s co-curators, Dr Madonna Grehan and Neil Sharkey, in conversation as they discuss the historical significance of Centaur’s sinking and their role in bringing this unique exhibition to life. The discussion will be hosted live on Facebook so you can join in with your own questions. A recording of the conversation will be released later on YouTube.
Dr Madonna Grehan is an independent historian, a Registered General Nurse and Midwife and Honorary Fellow in Nursing at the University of Melbourne. She is an oral history interviewer for the National Library of Australia and advisor to the television series Who Do You Think You Are? and Every Family Has A Secret. In 2012, with support from the Royal Australian College of Nursing, Madonna researched the Centaur’s complement of twelve Australian Army Nursing Service nurses, only one of whom survived the sinking. In 2015, as the John Oxley Fellow at State Library of Queensland, Madonna investigated the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses, Queensland’s tribute to nurses who served the state during two World Wars, on the military and home fronts.
Neil Sharkey has been a curator at the Shrine of Remembrance since January 2007 and in that time has developed thirty Shrine special exhibitions as well as the permanent Second World War Gallery. He has presented professional development seminars for Museums Australia (Victoria), the National Archives of Australia and Military History and Heritage Victoria. He was a member of the judging panel for 2017 and 2018 Museums Australia (Victoria) Awards.
Reviewed 30 September 2020