February at the Shrine

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial PI001674

Ryokuin: Green Shadows

A conversation about Kokoda 

Throughout the fighting on the Kokoda Track, Papua New Guineans were at the forefront of the campaign. Not only did they carry over the much needed supplies for Australian soldiers but they also carried the wounded to safety, earning the name Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. In addition many Papuan New Guineans served as soldiers, policeman and coastwatchers. Join Kokoda historian David Howell in conversation with special guests Kokoda veteran Bill Stuart of the 39th Battalion and Havala Laula, one of the last remaining Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, who is visiting from the village of Kagi.


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4th Light Horse

Sunday 5 February, 2pm
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

The 4th Light Horse Regiment was formed as the divisional cavalry regiment for the 1st Australian Division on 11 August 1914. The regiment’s many battle honours include Egypt, Gallipoli, Messines, Ypres and Palestine. The 4th and its sister regiment, the 12th, were involved in the famous mounted charge at Beersheba.

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HMAS Voyager

Friday 10 February, 10am
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

HMAS Voyager (I) was part of the Scrap Iron Flotilla, one of five destroyers deployed to the Mediterranean at the outset of the Second World War. The ship was lost in September 1942 after running aground at Betano Bay. Tragically, the second destroyer to bear the name Voyager collided with the aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne, on the 10 February 1964, with a loss of 82 lives

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Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial VNFOD-71-0256

National Servicemen’s Association

Sunday 12 February, 12 noon
Wreath laying in the Visitor Centre Western Precinct

Compulsory military training for young Australian men was reintroduced in 1951. ‘Nashos’ served in Australia and overseas, including Vietnam, Borneo, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. This ceremony commemorates all those called up for National Service from 1951–59 and 1965–72.

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Darwin Defenders

Thursday 16 February, 10am
Wreath laying on the Forecourt and Memorial Tree D57

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin on   19 February 1942. The ceremony honours those who served and those who died in the attacks on Australia during 1942–1945. Veterans, dignitaries, a military band and local school children participate in a moving ceremony that aims to remind us all of the cost of preserving peace and democracy in Australia.

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Upcoming Talks and Events

Friends of the Shrine can attend public programs for free. General admission is $5 per person.

Floor Talk: Dear Laura

Wednesday 1 February, 12.30pm
Meet in the Visitor Centre

The Stafford family recently discovered a collection of First World War silk-embroidered postcards sent to Laura Brooks in Coburg from her brothers, uncle and future husband. David Stafford will share some of the personal stories behind the Dear Laura exhibition currently on display in the Shrine Visitor Centre.

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In A Green Uniform

Tuesday 7 March, 6pm

The Regional Force Surveillance Units (RFSUs) conduct military surveillance, border protection and detection of environmental threats across vast stretches of the Northern Territory and the Kimberley. Dr Richard Trembath will discuss Indigenous participation in the RFSUs, what this means for Australian defence policies and its influence on the reconciliation process in Australia.

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Gardens of Remembrance Tour

Saturday 18 March, 11am
Meet in the Visitor Centre

For over 80 years the sprawling gardens surrounding the Shrine have provided a respite from the growing bustle of Melbourne. While the memorial trees on the Shrine Reserve have become well-known pilgrimage sites, the casual observer may not be aware of the creative vision and symbology behind our carefully landscaped gardens. Devonshire tea is included after the tour.

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

Remembrance Day Posters

Closes 26 February 2017
Shrine Visitor Centre

See the colourful and emotive student artworks shortlisted for the 2016 Remembrance Day Schools Poster Competition. The entries of all finalists are on display in the Shrine Visitor Centre until the end of summer.

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Dear Laura: Postcards from the First World War

29 October 2016 – 26 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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Volunteering Open Day

Sunday 12 February, 10am – 1pm
Shrine Visitor Centre

The Shrine Volunteer program has been an integral part of the Shrine’s growth and success since its inception over 25 years ago. If you are interested in joining the program, drop by on our open day to speak to current staff and volunteers. Learn more about our upcoming volunteer intake or join a mini 30 minute tour.

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The First World War in Photographs by Richard Holmes

It was the war to end all wars, a conflict without precedent in which millions died and millions more were injured. It was also one of the first wars from which we have a comprehensive photographic record. More than 400 carefully selected images capture the war in all its haunting detail, covering all the nationalities involved, and the great battles and theatres of operations, from the mud of Flanders to the beaches of Gallipoli.

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Digger Pen

A unique gift pen handmade by a team of Ex-Servicemen from two brass .308 rifle shells. Part of the proceeds from this product support Legacy and Soldier On.

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