December at the Shrine

Holiday Season at the Shrine

A message from our CEO

As we approach the festive season it is timely for me to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the Shrine throughout the year. This year has seen many significant milestones in remembering service and sacrifice; and I know you join me in ensuring the efforts of our service men and women, current and past, are not forgotten.

Of course a major pillar of remembrance is education. To support this endeavour, we have introduced a number of initiatives in time for the summer holidays, including the Shrine Kids program that supports children visiting with their families to commemorate through learning. Our new satchel kits may be borrowed and used to give children a different perspective—quite literally—by using a periscope, magnifying glass and kaleidoscope. And for slightly older visitors a competition related to The Soldiers’ XIexhibition, that encourages children to consider how themes like mateship, humour and humanity endure and sustain.

Finally, to support re-development of the Recent Conflicts Gallery I ask that you consider buying a raffle ticket to be in the running for a holiday to Thailand flying with our supporter airline, Qantas.

Thank you once again for your continued engagement with the Shrine and all the best to you and your loved ones for a happy and healthy New Year.

Dean Lee, CEO

Summer at the Shrine

Visit to WIN a cricket bat!

Summer promotion

Eleven cricket bats, each tells a story. To be in the running to win a Bushrangers cricket bat donated by our friends at Cricket Victoria, visit The Soldiers’ XI exhibition over summer and tell us what is your favourite story from the exhibition and why, and include a photo of you with one of the eleven cricket bats. (For ages 7–17).

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Shrine Kids and Explorer Kits

The Shrine has developed some great activities for kids to ensure all members of the family get the most out of their visit. Shrine Kids activity cards support children to interact and understand more about the history and themes on display. Developed using the principles of learning through play, the cards make a visit to the Shrine a more evocative experience for the whole family. Explorer Kits are also available and give children the tools to engage with the Shrine on their own terms, supporting their imaginations and curiosity to interpret meaning.
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Tune in, and tune out

Take some time out for yourself across summer to put your feet up and enjoy one of the many podcasts available on our website. The selection includes some fascinating programs from the past year, including The Battle of Beersheba, a gripping presentation by Dr David Holloway OAM, The Hinge of Fate, marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein by Dr Mark Johnson and the remarkable Words from our Navy Veterans panel discussion providing insights from some of Australia’s last surviving Australian Second World War veterans.

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Australian Intelligence Association (Victoria) 

3 December 2017, 11am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

The Australian Intelligence Corps was formed on 6th December 1907, disbanded in 1914 and then reformed again at the outbreak of the Second World War. Since its reformation the Corps has provided intelligence and counter-intelligence support to the Army. The service of members of the Corps is remembered on this day.

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American Ex-Servicemen’s Association

10 December 2017, 10.30am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

On 7 December 1941, Japan entered the Second World War by attacking the allied forces in the Pacific. The most infamous and deadly was a powerful air strike on Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. Their aim was to destroy the USA’s Pacific Fleet and thus their ability to influence the War in the Pacific region.

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Friends of Gallipoli Inc.

20 December 2017, 12pm
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

This service is being held to commemorate the beginning of peace at Gallipoli when the guns fell silent at the ANZAC sector in the early hours of the 20th of December, 1915.

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

Dear Laura

Closing 21 December 2017
Shrine Visitor Centre

Make sure you take the last opportunity to come and see this exhibition. These poignant postcards were sent to Laura Brooks between 1915 and 1918 by her future husband Alan Ferguson, her two brothers and her uncle. This intimate display chronicles the journeys, joys and challenges they encountered, as well as the devastation caused by war.

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The Soldiers’ XI

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

Eleven cricket bats, each tells a story of tensions in the twenty-first century. The Soldiers’ XI exhibition explores the connections cricket provides to home when the stakes can literally be life and death. Ultimately the exhibition tells the story of the resilience of the service men and women whose lives became a little bit easier due to the bonds forged through their shared love of cricket.

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Nerves and Steel

22 July 2017 – 29 July 2018
South Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance

Discover the struggles and glory of the Allied forces against Japan’s powerful navy and the role that the Royal Australian Navy played from December 1941 to September 1945 in securing the ultimate Allied Victory.

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The Light Horse

20 October 2017 – 21 October 2018
East Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance

While Australian infantry served in the grim trenches of the Western Front, their comrades in the Australian Light Horse were fighting a dynamic campaign against the Ottomans in the desert wastes of Sinai, Palestine and Syria. Featuring historic and contemporary paintings, and memorabilia from now legendary light horsemen.

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Saving Private Sarbi


Trained as an Australian Army explosives detection dog, Sarbi went missing in action after an historic battle in 2008 between the SAS and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Thirteen months later she was found by an American Special Forces Officer while patrolling a village in a region known to be a Taliban stronghold. This is her remarkable story, told in a style perfect for adults and younger readers alike.

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Sarbi Plush Toy


This beautiful plush toy is made in the likeness of Sarbi, and a special complement to Sandra Lee’s book, Saving Private Sarbi. Carefully handmade and incredibly soft, Sarbi is sure to capture the hearts of children and adults alike.

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Skip and Nancy

$39.99 each

These gorgeous Elka uniformed bears are smartly dressed and ready to go! Meet Skip the Sailor and Nancy the Army Bear. Lovingly handcrafted, Skip and Nancy will prove both a treat for collectors and a treasured addition to any family.

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Give the gift of friendship

From $35.00

Buy a Friends of the Shrine membership for a special friend or relative this holiday season. Member benefits include free entry to Shrine talks and events; access to priority seating at commemorative services, a 10% discount at the Shrine Shop, complimentary editions of the Shrine’s Remembrance magazine and invitations to Friends only events including luncheons and curator-led exhibition previews. Order before 15 December to make sure your member gift pack arrives in time.

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