The Shrine of Remembrance at Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, will be presenting this program on Wednesday 12 August 2015 (5.30pm arrival for 6pm start). It'll take place in the Anzac Battlefield exhibition on display in the Western Gallery of the Visitor Centre, Shrine of Remembrance. Bookings for the talk are essential call 03 9661 8100 or CLICK HERE to book. Scroll down till you find the event. A gold coin donation at this free to attend event would be most appreciated.
Author Dr Robyn Rowland. Image courtesy of Monash Uni
While there, enjoy the Anzac Battlefield Exhibition on display. It will feed any enduring fascination with Gallipoli by presenting some 100 items recovered from the Joint Historical Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli battlefield (2010 - 14) by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Turkish government. The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm daily until the 31st of August 2015.
Dr Robyn Rowland's poetry is known to strike at the heart for its open and honest emotion. She tries to capture the struggle of life lived on the edge of feeling. Following an Irish tradition of the narrative lyric, her work covers the moments in life when we need words to act as rituals that hold us. CLICK HERE to read an article by Monash University that tells you a bit more about the book, the author and Dr Mehmet Ali Çelikel who translated the book, making it bi-lingual for readers and audiences who speak not just English but Turkish as well.
If you've never considered the Shrine of Remembrance as part of your weekend itinerary, perhaps now is the time to discover that they do run quite a few events and it's quite an amazing place to discover in the heart of Melbourne. It brings a tear to the eye to think that the people of Victoria felt such a debt to those who defended them at such great costs to themselves and their families, they wanted a worthy permanent monument of remembrance to recognise the 'diggers'. The late 1920s and 1930s was a time of unemployment and financial difficulty, yet so great was the feeling of gratitude the people raised or promised the huge amount required to build the Shrine within 6 months from the opening of the appeal in 1928.
Now it stands as Victoria's largest and most visited war memorial of National Significance. Built between July 1928 and November 1934 in remembrance of the 114,000 men and women of Victoria who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918 - 89,100 of them served overseas and 19,000 did not return.