Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance conducts regular public lectures on a range of war related topics.
Photo: Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. [H. MacDonald]
Recordings of many of talks are available to download, for a limited time, from the internet or by subscribing to the Shrine’s podcast service.
Amongst the most recent World War 1 lectures available are:
Gallipoli Sniper, presented by Mr John Hamilton on 11 June 2009
Gallipoli: The End of the Myth, presented by Prof. Robin Prior on 16 April 2009
Photo: Private William (Billy) Sing DCM. [AWM]
A FFFAIF Member who is a regular attendee of the Shrine’s lectures had this to say: I had the great pleasure of attending the lecture by John Hamilton at the Shrine of Remembrance this afternoon. John’s talk on the writing of “Gallipoli Sniper, The Life of Billy Sing” was just exceptional, one of the best talks I have heard at one of these Shrine Public Programs lectures.
Extracts from “Gallipoli Sniper, The Life of Billy Sing” were featured in DIGGER 24, Page 40 .
John Hamilton, a FFFAIF Member, is also the author of “Goodbye Cobber, God Bless You” – the story of the charge of the Light Horse at The Nek.
To download and listen to the lecture click here.
A new exhibition showing how Australia coped with the debilitating effects of the First World War on a young nation was opened by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin at the Shrine on Friday 12 June 2009. Shell Shocked: Australia After Armistice shows that while a great many Australians celebrated the end of the war, the following years brought a period of grief and unparalleled adjustment which quickly tempered the joy of victory.
“Of the more than 330,000 Australians who left our shores to serve overseas during the First World War, more than 61,000 never returned home. Up to 160,000 returned injured or ill and for many their recovery was slow or life-long,” Mr Griffin said.
“In 1938, twenty years after the war, there remained more than 1,600 veterans in homes for the permanently incapacitated, and around 23,000 seeking care from repatriation hospitals.
“The human toll on a young nation is highlighted in the exhibition through records, photographs, letters and medical reports which reflect many personal stories of Australians from different walks of life.
“The exhibition shows the many ways Australia and Australians coped with the aftermath of the war. Its stories include the lasting impact on the women of the Australian Army Nursing Service, the anxiety of those at home and the introduction of the Repatriation system which fulfilled the promise to care for those who suffered from their war service and provide for the dependants of those who did not return.
“Shell Shocked also shows the treatment of returned Indigenous servicemen – equal as soldiers but not as civilians, the internment camps for ‘enemy aliens’, and the community and government response in building memorials on battlefields and here, at home, post war,” Mr Griffin said.
“It is an insightful exhibition into what was a truly daunting time for our young country.”
Based on files from the National Archives of Australia and funded by a grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Shell Shocked is on a national tour and will be on display at the Shrine until 26 July, covering the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French governments for affording Australian and British soldiers – presently buried in mass graves at Pheasant Wood – dignified individual reburials in a new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and applauds Minister Snowdon and his British counterpart, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans, Kevan Jones MP, for their joint decision to DNA test the remains at exhumation and use every reasonable method to attempt identification of each soldier.