August at the Shrine

Vietnam Veterans Day 

Saturday 18 August, 11am

Join us as we honour all Australians who fought in the Vietnam war and commemorate the hundreds who lost their lives.

Veterans will begin their march along Anzac Avenue before gathering on the Shrine Forecourt where a service will be held to remember those who served in one of Australia’s most protracted military campaigns.

At the conclusion of the service, we invite you to visit the Galleries. View the Post 1945 Conflicts and Peacekeeping gallery and the For Humanity exhibition to further explore personal accounts from this important period in our nation’s history. Hear powerful stories from Vietnam veterans Paul Penno, Nicholas LeRay-Meyer and Jan McCarthy via our panel discussion podcast episode. Download.

Services

All are welcome to attend the following commemorative services.

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Battle of Amiens 100th Anniversary

Wednesday 8 August, 8am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

The Battle of Amiens was one of the most successful advances made by Allied forces during the First World War. The efforts of the ANZAC Corps were orchestrated by General Sir John Monash and would be much lauded as an example of combined arms warfare in a conflict mostly remembered for the stalemate of trench warfare.

Full list of Services                                                        

39th Australian Infantry Battalion (1941/43) Association 

Sunday 12 August, 2pm
Wreath Laying in the Visitor Centre

The Kokoda Trail fighting was some of the most desperate and vicious encountered by Australian troops in the Second World War. This special wreath laying service commemorates the 76th anniversary of this important campaign.

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Victory in the Pacific (VP Day)

Wednesday 15 August, 11am
Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

Japan accepted the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over. The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day.

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Shrine Monthly Memorial Service

Thursday 16 August, 11.30am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

This month we commemorate the following important dates:
19 August 1914 – Departure of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force
6–17 August 1915 – the August Offensive
8 August 1916 – Mouquet Farm
13 August 1941 – Formation of the Australian Women’s Army Service
9 August 1942 – Loss of HMAS Canberra

Full list of Services

Talks and Events

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

Curator Talk: Resistance

Tuesday 21 August, midday
Auditorium

Hear how the stories and themes from different European resistance movements have been brought together to create the exhibition’s overarching narrative. Shrine Curator, Neil Sharkey, explains the difficulties inherent in explaining such a complex and diverse topic.

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Army Leadership Secrets

Wednesday 29 August, midday
Auditorium

Some of our greatest leaders and shapers of society have hailed from the Australian Defence Forces. Hear from Brigadier Nicholas Jans OAM (Retd) about how military institutions create extraordinary leaders and what skills and principles civilians can learn from our armed forces.

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The Last 100 Days

Tuesday 4 September, midday
Auditorium

What were the experiences of the Australians fighting on the Western Front in the final battles of the First World War? Sourced from soldier’s diaries and letters, Will Davies pieces together their experiences from Amiens to the Hindenburg line.

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Exhibitions

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

Resistance

Opens 3 August 2018
South Gallery

Many Australian service men and women gave aid to the resistance, other Australians owed their freedom and their lives to it. Uncover the stories of those who through accident or design found themselves battling the Axis using unconventional means.

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For Humanity

Until 24 March 2019
West Gallery

What does it mean to save lives as others are taking them? Medics on the frontline give gripping accounts of their experiences. Stories of immense trauma are offset against moments of touching humanity. Sometimes when the stakes are high it is these flashes of compassion and humanity that endure.​

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The Light Horse

Until 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 dynamic campaign of manoeuvre against the Ottoman Turks in the desert wastes of Sinai, Palestine and Syria. Featuring historic and contemporary paintings, and memorabilia from the now legendary light horseman.

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From the Shop

Vietnam Lapel Pin Collection

$34.99

Created by master engravers, this set features six lapel pins, each depicting scenes, people and technology from the Vietnam War. Included is a full colour insert depicting the ribbons of the Australian Active Service Medal 1945–75. The set comes complete with case and presentation stand, making for a lovely gift.

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Beyond Kokoda 

$24.99

The Kokoda campaign was one of the most savage and iconic in Australian military history. This DVD explores the events and brutal hardships of the campaign through archival footage, re-enactments and veteran interviews. Both Australian and Japanese veterans are interviewed, presenting a balanced perspective of the battle in which the challenges and bravery of both armies is represented and recognised equally.

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Set in Memory Rising Sun Badge

$34.99

This stunning piece features the third version of the rising sun badge, as worn by Australian troops in both the First and Second World Wars, beautifully presented in a floating frame. The reverse of the badge features an image of a soldier resting on reversed arms, along with the Ode of Remembrance, taken from Laurence Binyan’s poem For the Fallen.

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Fighting for Freedom: Nancy Wake

Casey Liberman
Brolly Books
$24.99

This beautifully illustrated book pays tribute to an internationally recognised Second World War heroine, Nancy Wake. It provides a fantastic introduction to the life and story of ‘The White Mouse’, from her difficult childhood in Australia to working as a journalist in London, through to fighting against the Nazi forces with the French and British resistance. Recommended for upper primary school students.

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