Does a better understanding of the mistakes of our past encourage us to build a peaceful future? Can war memorials
play a larger role in fostering reconciliation? Are we doing all that we can to encourage the community to think critically about the choices before us? These questions will be discussed by a panel comprised of a young veteran, an academic, a peace theorist and a curator.
HMAS Perth National Australian Victorian Branch
Wednesday 1 March, 11.30am
Wreath Laying on the Shrine Forecourt
This year marks the 75th commemoration of the Battle of Sunda Strait. The 328 survivors of HMAS Perth were taken captive by the Japanese, to labour on the Burma-Thai Railway, known as the Death Railway. More than 100 died as prisoners of war. Only 218 men—less than a third of her crew—returned home at the end of the war.
Thursday 16 March, 11.30am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary
In March, we commemorate the following important dates; 17 March 1917—Capture of Bapaume; 29 March 1941—Battle of Matapan and 21 March 1942—Air Battle for Port Moresby. Full list of ceremonies
14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion
Friday 17 March, 12 noon
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary
Melbourne’s 14th Infantry Battalion and Footscray’s 32nd Infantry Battalion were both formed in 1921 and merged in 1942. During the Second World War, the 14/32 undertook garrison duties and long-range coastal patrols in Victoria and Western Australia, before serving two years in New Guinea and New Britain. The association will be joined by students from St. Michael’s Grammar School.
Friends of the Shrine can attend public programs for free. General admission is $5 per person.
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.
Saturday 18 March, 12.30pm
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.
For 44 days in March and April 1942, RAAF 75 Squadron stood alone in Port Moresby between the invading Japanese forces and Australia. By the time relief arrived, the squadron had almost been wiped out. Join author and broadcaster Michael Veitch as he explores the little known story of these young recruits and their Kittyhawks.
Entry to exhibitions is by donation. All proceeds support the Shrine Education Program.
Dear Laura: Postcards from the First World War
until 26 March 2017
Shrine Visitor Centre
Last chance to catch Dear Laura exhibition of 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.
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.’
Hand made assorted collection of crafted fashion accessories by KIMIK. The styles embody the textures, craft and designs of South-East Asia. The designs are developed from natural products that are locally sourced, then worked into contemporary designs, influenced by traditional styles to produce quality unique fashion items.