July at the Shrine

Nerves and Steel: The Royal Australian Navy in the Pacific

Opening 21 July 2017

The Shrine presents a historical exploration of the naval battles in the Pacific during the Second World War. Allied war aims hinged on the destruction of Japan’s powerful navy and the severing of sea communications between Japan and its far-flung Asian and Pacific conquests. Discover the struggles and glory of the Allied forces and how the Royal Australian Navy contributed to the ultimate Allied Victory.

Featuring paintings that were contemporary historical records for their time, special memorabilia and the personal stories of survival from living Second World War veterans—HMAS Perth survivor, David Manning, and former corvette gunnery officer James Paizis.


Bastille Day

Friday 14 July, 11.30am
Wreath laying on the Forecourt

The Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais De Victoria holds a commemorative service each year on Bastille Day (14 July), the French National Day, to honour the service of French and Australian soldiers.

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Battle of Fromelles

Wednesday 19 July, 1.30pm
Wreath Laying at the Cobbers Statue

The Battle of Fromelles commemorative service is part of the annual pilgrimage by the Friends of the 15th Brigade commemorating the battle at Fromelles, fought on July 19, 1916. This was the first major action involving Australian troops on the Western Front.

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Shrine Monthly Memorial Service

Monday 20 July, 11.30am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

In July, we commemorate the following: Formation of the RAN (1911); The Battle of the Somme (1916); The Battle of Hamel (1918); and The Battle of Cape Spada (1941)

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Korean Veterans

Thursday 27 July, 1pm
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

Australians served in the Army, Navy, and Air Force in the defence of South Korea between 1950 and 1953. After the armistice was signed, significant Australian forces remained in Korea until 1957. Over 17,000 Australians served in Korea and its surrounding waters: 356 were killed and over 1,500 were wounded.

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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. Download the latest What’s On here.

Bellbottoms and Lids

Tuesday 25 July, 6pm
Shrine Auditorium

Journey through time from colonial naval days to contemporary operations in the Middle East as historian John Perryman discusses the evolution of naval uniforms, badges and accoutrements. Learn how operating environments, climate and even religion have all influenced changes to the naval uniform.

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Open House

Saturday 29 July & Sunday 30 July 2017
Visitor Centre

The Shrine is participating in Open House Melbourne 2017. Free guided tours focusing on the Shrine’s architecture and symbolism are running on this weekend. Pre-booked tours available at 11am, 12.45pm and 2.30pm. Bookings open Monday 17 July, until booked out.

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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

Explore 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. Visitors will discover eleven bats each telling a story about war in the twenty-first century.

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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 (3–17 May) a hollow victory at best.

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Royal Australian Navy 1939–1945

When Japanese troops landed in Malaya, the Royal Australian Navy found itself facing a new enemy and fighting a new war. A war that was to last four years and see Australian ships and personnel operate across the vast expanse of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Australians in the Pacific Warseries follows the events of several Pacific War campaigns throughout 1939–1945, covering details with insights and imagery.

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Hind Helicopter

Sure to provide hours of entertainment and fun these school holidays, this set provides a stimulating challenge for the whole family! The pieces are compatible with other building blocks, so you can combine the set with others that you might already have. Comes with 198 blocks to create one helicopter, as well as figurines.

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Two Pennies, Vicki Bennett and John Flitcroft

After the First World War, a little boy called George, who lived in Victoria, Australia decided to work hard and raise two pennies to help build a school in Villers-Bretonneux, France. This town had been flattened by war and the school destroyed.

This is a powerful and poignant story about a little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped build a school across the oceans. In the process, he forged a bond between Australia and Villers-Bretonneux that was never broken.

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