January at the Shrine

What’s On at the Shrine

New calendar of events to June 2018

Exploring the Galleries with our curators and enjoying the colours of autumn on a garden tour are just some of the highlights of our talks and events program scheduled for the first half of 2018. Journalist Chris Masters presents No Front Line, examining some of the fiercest combat in modern conflict stories largely unknown to the Australian public. Other program highlights include conversations with two contemporary Australian war artists about their experiences in war-torn countries; andJim Eames’ account of the role Qantas played in the face of the Japanese advance towards Australia during the Second World War.

General admission to public programs is $5 per person. If you know a history enthusiast or veteran, consider a Friends of the Shrine gift voucher. Along with a range of other benefits, Friends can attend public programs for free.

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Programs, Talks and Events

Shrine Kids and Explorer Kits

Available daily

Make your next visit to the Shrine one the whole family can experience together. Two exciting programs for kids open up a journey of discovery. The new Shrine Kids activity cards and Explorer Kits inspire young imaginations and curiosity enabling kids to learn through play as they interact with historical themes and displays.

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Curator’s talk: The Light Horse

Tuesday 6 February, 1pm
Meet in the Education Centre

Curator Neil Sharkey unravels the many myths and legends of the Australian Light Horse in the Middle East. This exhibition extends beyond the legendary attack on Beersheba and features paintings by Sidney Nolan, George Lambert and Susan McMinn.

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No Front Line

Wednesday 28 February, 6pm
Shrine Auditorium

Journalist Chris Masters goes to the heart of some of the fiercest combat in Afghanistan with the Special Forces. Following a ten-year investigation, Chris gives a voice to Australia’s highly trained soldiers and examines what it is like to be a member of this country’s elite fighting forces.

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Morning Star Tapestry

18 January – 24 February
Visitor Centre

The stunning ‘Morning Star’ tapestry has been commissioned to celebrate the launch of the new Sir John Monash Centre in France when it opens in April. The Shrine is proudly hosting the tapestry, designed by prominent Australian artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, before it makes the journey to take up pride of place in the new centre. Morning Star seeks to evoke the experience of arrival at a war, and in particular of Australians at the Western Front. The tapestry will serve as a lasting legacy commemorating the 46,000 Australian lives lost in the First World War as well as the Centenary of ANZAC.

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2/29 Battalion Australian Imperial Force Association

14 January 2018, 10am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

This service remembers those who lost their lives at Muar, Malaya and Singapore, and in the years of captivity that followed. The date commemorates the Battalion’s first action at Muar when 600 men came up against the Japanese Imperial Guards Division. Following this, battles at Bakri and Parit Sulong resulted in 400 casualties.

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21 Gun Salute

26 January 2018, midday
Artillery Salute on the Forecourt

On this day each year Australia Day is commemorated at the Shrine with a  21 Gun Salute fired from the Shrine’s Lower Forecourt by the Royal Australian Artillery.

Note: The salute is extremely loud and it is recommended visitors with small children or pets maintain an appropriate distance from the guns.

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

Recent Conflicts Gallery


In recent years the Shrine has been seeking to connect more closely with veterans and current serving members of the Australian Defence Force who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  As a result the Shrine’s permanent gallery is now largely rededicated to telling their individual stories and offering personal perspectives on their experiences of war. The refurbished gallery will open formally on Friday 23 February 2018.

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The Light Horse

20 October 2017 – 21 October 2018
East Gallery

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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Nerves and Steel

22 July 2017 – 29 July 2018
South Gallery

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 Soldiers’ XI

1 April 2017 –  2 April 2018
West Gallery

Eleven cricket bats, each tells a story of tensions in the twenty-first century. The exhibition reveals 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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Hellfire Pass DVD


The horrors that prisoners of war faced during the Second World War are hard to comprehend. Hellfire Pass follows a group of veterans, led by Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, as they return to the Thai-Burma railway, and retraces the section of line which they built some forty years earlier. As they make their pilgrimage to pay their respects, the veterans share their incredible stories of comradeship and survival.

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Memories and Memorabilia

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

This beautifully presented extended-edition of Memories and Memorabiliais produced by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Offering two distinct sections, this book explains both why it is important to remember our war heritage and the ways in which we do this, as well as specific advice on how to best preserve family wartime memorabilia.

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Will Dyson

Ross McMullin

Showcasing the extraordinary vigour and scintillating humour of a remarkable artist, writer and historian, this book captures the essence of a man who was once described as the most famous Australian in the world. Absorbing and richly illustrated with photographs and art, this fascinating read traces the life and times of Australia’s first official war artist and political cartoonist in a unique blend of art, history and biography.

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