June at the Shrine

The John Charlton Boer War Memorial Window

Galleries of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance Trustees are pleased to announce a special exhibition installation of the John Charlton Boer War Memorial Window in the Galleries of Remembrance. The John Charlton Memorial Committee, comprising members of the Euroa community and the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles have donated the window to the Shrine for permanent display.

The window commemorates Private John Charlton, of Castle Creek, Victoria, who belonged to the Euroa Rifle Club before enlisting and departing for service in South Africa in 1901. Serving with the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles (VMR), he engaged with Boer forces across southern Africa, including the disastrous battle of Willamsrust, Transvaal, where a Boer surprise attack resulted in significant casualties to the contingent.

On display from 6 June 2017.


Queen’s Birthday Gun Salute

Saturday 10 June, 12 noon
21 Gun Salute on the Shrine Forecourt

The 21-gun salute is the highest honour that can be given by a nation. In 1730, the British Royal Navy adopted the salute as a commemoration of significant anniversaries. It was later adopted as a salute to the Royal family. Join us on the Shrine Forecourt for the Queen’s 91st birthday salute.

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Shrine Monthly Memorial Service

Thursday 15 June, 11.30am
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

In the month of June we commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles (28 June 1919); the Normandy landings (D-Day, 6 June 1944); the outbreak of the Korean War (25 June 1950) and the Battle of Coral-Balmoral, Vietnam (May – June 1968).

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2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association

Sunday 18 June, 2.30 pm
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

The Annual Shrine Pilgrimage of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion occurs on the Sunday closest to the actual date, 17 June 1941, when the Battalion went into action at Fort Merdjayoun during the Syrian Campaign. Family and friends gather on the Forecourt near the Eternal Flame before marching up the stairs into the Sanctuary. The service includes a reading out of the names of those soldiers who have passed away since the last Pilgrimage and a Battalion soldier’s background prepared by a family member.

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Carry On (Victoria)

Tuesday 27 June, 12.30pm
Wreath Laying Between Trees F48 and F15

Carry On (Victoria) is a philanthropic organisation that has provided welfare assistance to the Ex-Service community in Victoria since its formation in 1932. Its role is to never lose sight of the Carry On vision Lest We Forget The Living’.

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Talks and Events

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

Words from the Battlefield

Wednesday 14 June, 12 noon
Shrine Auditorium

Effie Karageorgos will share some insightful and often entertaining extracts from the letters and diaries of men who served in South Africa and Vietnam. These documents reveal how the men hoped to bring honour to their country but also expose the differences between their reactions to war and those of the Australian public.

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The Air Force Band presents: Second World War Swing

Sunday 25 June, 12 noon and 2.30pm
Shrine Auditorium

Shake off those Winter blues with a lively hour of jazz showcasing swing music from the period of the Second World War. Also featuring original compositions dedicated to events of the time. The Air Force Band, of which the six piece Jazz Group is an integral part, is recognised as a world-class military ensemble. Toe-tapping fun for all ages.

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

The Soldiers’ XI

1 April 2017 – 1 April 2018
West Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance

The Soldiers’ XI explores the conflicts in Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan from the unique perspective of cricket. Sergeant H has played cricket on eleven deployments with the Australian Army: to maintain team resilience, to build rapport with locals, and to de-stress after combat. Cricket once even brought together allies and enemy. Eleven bats each tell a story about war in the twenty-first century.

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

closing 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. This special exhibition has two months to run.

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Remembrance Magazine

Remembrance is the official magazine of the Shrine of Remembrance, and a fascinating read for anyone interested in learning about military history. The April 2017 edition includes two remarkable feature articles covering the worst year of the First World War, namely the devastating battles of Bullecourt, Polygon Wood and Passchendaele.

Also read about the amazing history and recent restoration of the John Charlton Boer War Memorial Window—soon to be a permanent feature in the Galleries of Remembrance.

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The Australians at the Boer War by R.L. Wallace

Originally published in 1976 jointly by the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Government, this title has been so in demand, and so recommended, that it was reprinted in the current Memorial Edition by the National Boer War Memorial Association. Presented in a very readable manner, this absorbing and detailed book serves as an essential reference book for the Australian involvement in the Boer War of 1899 – 1902, in which 23,000 Australian volunteers served. The Shrine of Remembrance commemorates 115 years since the end of the Boer War.

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Poppy Recollections Brooch

Rich red petals float over gold plate, giving the traditional poppy a modern update. Released in 2016, this timeless brooch is sure to be treasured for years to come. Perfectly complimented by matching earrings and pendant also available from the Shrine Shop.

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Heat Pillow

Featuring a pretty poppy design in pastels, this Australian made heat pillow is the perfect way to ease tired muscles—simply heat up and enjoy! Also great as an alternative to a hot water bottle in these colder months. Filled with barley and lavender flowers, it has a gorgeous, soothing scent when heated, sure to help you unwind and relax.

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