Galleries of Remembrance completed as Shrine’s Centenary Touring Exhibition launched
Premier Denis Napthine today marked the completion of the Galleries of Remembrance and launched the Shrine’s Centenary Touring Exhibition, Australia Will Be There – Victorians in the First World War 1914 – 1919 as part of Anzac Centenary Commemorative Week.
The Premier, who was joined by Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Damian Drum, also laid a wreath on behalf of Victorians to officially mark one hundred years since the start of World War One on 4 August, 1914.
“The $45 million Galleries are a highlight of the state’s commitment to honouring the service and sacrifice of Victoria’s veterans and, in particular, to commemorating the Anzac Centenary,” Dr Napthine said.
Mr Hodgett said the Galleries of Remembrance project will house a new education centre and auditorium.
“As part of the project, the centre of the undercroft has been adapted to house an exhibition space for the ‘Devanha’ landing boat, one of only two remaining lifeboats that was used to land Australian troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, which is on long-term loan to the Shrine from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
“The Galleries will open to the public ahead of the formal dedication service which will be held on 11 November 2014,” Mr Hodgett said.
The Shrine’s Centenary Touring Exhibition will present Victorian perspectives on the frontline and home front experiences of World War One. The exhibition will retell the stories of World War One and review and question some of the mythology we have inherited over the past one hundred years.
The Victorian Coalition Government has invested $200,000 in the touring exhibition, which was launched at the Shrine today and will visit more than 20 venues across the state.
Minister for Veterans Affairs Damian Drum said the Galleries of Remembrance project will serve as a reference point for young Victorians for generations to come.
“Connecting with young Victorians so they pass on the Anzac legacy to future generations is vital,” Mr Drum said.
“The major investment in the Galleries of Remembrance and the Shrine’s Centenary Touring Exhibition represents the Coalition Government’s commitment to teach future generations about the consequences and legacy of war.
“The recognition by young Victorians of the courage, mateship, determination and initiative demonstrated by Anzacs from World War One onwards will reinforce the importance of these principles in their everyday lives.”
Dr Napthine said there is unprecedented interest in the stories of our servicemen and women.
“Here at the Shrine, visitor numbers have skyrocketed over the last few years as people explore their family’s past, our community’s history and stories that a new generation can now cherish,” Dr Napthine said.
Dr Napthine also encouraged Victorians to attend other events to mark the commencement of the Anzac Centenary, including:
- 6:00pm Monday 4 August, a free public event at the Melbourne Town Hall to commemorate a rally supporting enlistment 100 years ago.
- 11:00am Tuesday 5 August, a commemoration of the first shot in the British Empire that was fired from Fort Nepean, Portsea at the German ship SS Pfalz.
For more information on these and other activities for the Anzac Centenary: www.anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au