October at the Shrine

Shrine of Remembrance Medal

Nominations Closing Soon

If you know an exemplary individual or organisation who has contributed to the promotion of Victorian service and sacrifice in times of war and peacekeeping, consider nominating them for the annual Shrine of Remembrance Medal. Each year, the medal recipient is presented with a bronze medallion specially designed by renowned sculptor and medal artist Michael Meszaros at the Shrine Annual Dinner.

Nominations close 5pm Friday 7 October 2016.


2/14 Australian Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar

Friday 14 October, 10am
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

The 2/14 Field Regiment Association will be joined by Christ Church Grammar as part of the Shrine’s Adopt an Ex-Service Organisationprogram. The regiment was raised in October 1940 and headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Victoria. An annual pilgrimage is held by survivors of the unit and their families to mark the founding of the unit and commemorate its members.

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Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial (010982

Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service

Sunday 16 October, 1.30pm
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

This service is in memory of the Victorian service men and women who served overseas or in Australia in all wars, in ships or units of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army or the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women’s Association

Wednesday 19 October, 10.30am
Wreath laying in the Visitor Centre

The TPI Association conducts an annual service of remembrance at the Shrine. It was formed after the First World War and is dedicated to the care, maintenance and welfare of its members.

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Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial (042069)

9th Australian Division Council with Scotch College

Friday 28 October, 11am
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

The 9th Division council will be joined by students from Scotch College to mark the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October – 5 November 1942). The 9th Division fought in four major campaigns during the Second World War; the Siege of Tobruk (1941), the El Alamein battles (1942), the Huon Peninsula operations in New Guinea (1943) and the landings in British North Borneo (1945).

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Talks and Events
Entry to public programs  are by donation. Download or stream our talks at  shrine.org.au/podcasts
Image courtesy Australian War Memorial

Curator Tour – 1966: The Year That Changed the World

Tuesday 4 October, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start

Dr Ian Jackson will take a guided tour of the 1966 exhibition exploring the events of 1966, a momentous year for Australia. In 1966, thousands of Australian service men and women served in Southeast Asia at the height of the Cold War. Australia redoubled its commitment to the Vietnam War by sending a complete Task Force with, controversially, the first conscripts to serve overseas since the Second World War. At the Battle of Long Tan, the Task Force faced its hardest test so far.

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Image courtesy Department of Defence

Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War

Thursday 20 October, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start

2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the commencement of the war in Afghanistan, Australia’s longest war. Join writer and director Victoria Midwinter-Pitt as she discusses the making of her latest documentary, Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War. This remarkable project involved over 500 frank and moving interviews with service personnel and politicians.

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Bendigo Talk: War from a Woman’s Angle

Tuesday 25 October, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start
Bendigo RSL

Dr Jeannine Baker reveals the little-known stories of the trailblazing women journalists who have reported on war. Since Agnes Macready travelled to South Africa in 1900 to write about the Boer War for the Catholic Press, Australian women have fought for the right to cover conflict. In 1914 Louise Mack defied the orders of Lord Kitchener to travel to Belgium, where she witnessed the fall of Antwerp. Katharine Susannah Prichard reported from close to the front at Wimeraux. These pioneers of war reporting carved a path for new generations of female foreign correspondents who have built upon their legacy.

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Image courtesy Lisa Germany

Shrine Annual Dinner

Tuesday 15 November, 6.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall

Now in its eighth year, the Shrine’s annual black tie dinner brings dignitaries, veterans, current serving personnel and guests to the Melbourne Town Hall for a night of commemoration, music and fine dining. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Dave Sabben MG, platoon commander at the Battle of Long Tan. Join us for the announcement of the 2016 Remembrance Medal recipient and be entertained by the Royal Australian Navy Big Band. Enter the raffle for your chance to win a trip for two to Singapore and other special prizes.

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Entry to exhibitions is by donation. All proceeds support the Shrine Education Program.

Image courtesy Australian War Memorial

The ‘Blood Tub’: Australians at Bullecourt 1917

15 October 2016 – 1 October 2017
East Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance

In early 1917 Australian soldiers fought two battles at Bullecourt in France. So ferocious were they that Australian soldiers renamed the town ‘The blood tub.’ The first action fought on 11 April was a complete disaster, the second (3 – 15 May) a hollow victory at best. German General Eric Ludendorff later wrote of the Arras campaign, of which the Bullecourt battles were part—‘no doubt exceedingly important strategic objects lay behind the British attack, but I have never been able to discover what they were.’

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Dear Laura: Postcards from the First World War

29 October 2016 – 31 March 2017
Shrine Visitor Centre

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.

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Behind the Wire

13 August – 23 October 2016
Shrine Visitor Centre

An exhibition about Vietnam veterans, their jobs and experiences, in their words. Susan Gordon-Brown photographed and interviewed Vietnam veterans from all over Australia, asking them about their training prior to Vietnam, daily tasks on tour and lives after the war. The exhibition includes National Servicemen and regulars, soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses of many different ranks and roles.

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Australia’s Field Marshal: The Leadership of Sir Thomas Blamey

23 July 2016 – 30 July 2017
South Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance

No Australian commander has ever shouldered more responsibility, nor so divided public opinion, than Sir Thomas Blamey. Detractors describe him as ruthless, self-seeking and egotistical; they point to personal scandals and the damaged careers of 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.

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1966: The Year That Changed The World

4 April 2016 – 2 July 2017
West Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance

1966 was the year that Australia sent a Task Force to Vietnam, the year the first National Servicemen served in the war, and the year of the battle of Long Tan. Australia felt the heat of the Cold War and the throes of a youth revolution, in the year the first baby boomers came of age. Fifty years on, this exhibition tells the story of a year that changed Australia and the world.

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Recommended Read: Royal Australian Navy Fleet Review

The Royal Australian Navy showed that it is more than just a world class fighting force when it staged the International Fleet Review in celebration of the centenary of the arrival of their first fleet; it also showed it could compete with the very best when it came to pageantry, pomp and ceremony. This book provides more than just a snapshot of the Royal Australian Navy as it is today; it gives the reader a panoramic view of its rich and illustrious history stretching back to the First Taranaki War in 1860.

Visit the Shrine shop or call 03 9661 8119 to order.

Poppies Changing Colour Umbrella

A large walking stick-handle style umbrella that changes colour when exposed to the rain, revealing colourful poppies. Perfect as a spring gift with a difference or to protect you from Melbourne’s four seasons in one day! Stands at 90cm tall with a wide canopy.

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