Shrine Galleries of Remembrance
In May 2012 the Victorian Coalition Government committed $22.5 million towards the $45 million Galleries of Remembrance project at the Shrine of Remembrance.
The project will focus on the redevelopment of the Shrine’s undercroft space and construction of a southern extension beneath the mounds. This will create a mirror image of the Visitor Centre redevelopment, which was completed in 2003.
The development will expand and improve facilities for exhibitions, community research, and the delivery of school and community education programs.
One of the highlights of the development will be the display of a lifeboat used during the Gallipoli landing from the troop and hospital ship SS Devanha, on loan from the Australian War Memorial. Read more on the lifeboat here
Major Projects Victoria is working with the Shrine Trust and the Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure to deliver the project.
ANZAC CENTENARY (2014 – 2018)
Across the globe, the Anzac Centenary will be marked by millions of people, in places of special importance and in ways personally meaningful to them.
Here in Victoria, the Centenary provides an opportunity to reflect on the commitment to the nation, and the contribution of our own local World War 1 service men and women.
Visit www.anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au to discover:
school and community resources
links to other important and national websites
an online portal to register commemorative events and World War 1 stores from around the State.
2014-08-04 - 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
2014-05-05 - Historic Anzac landing boat arrives at the Shrine of Remembrance
The last remaining landing boat used to land Australian troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 was unveiled today by Premier Denis Napthine at the Shrine of Remembrance.
The ‘Devanha’ Landing Boat, one of six landing boats that ferried ANZAC troops to the beaches at Gallipoli, arrived at the Shrine in the early hours of the morning in preparation for its installation into the new $45 million Galleries of Remembrance.
The Galleries of Remembrance project involves the construction of dedicated exhibition and education spaces in the undercroft of the Shrine, including space to accommodate a new permanent exhibition.
“The landing boat ‘Devanha’ has a distinguished history and, according to some, was the first of the boats ashore at Gallipoli. It will be the central highlight of the new exhibition,” Dr Napthine said.
Premier Napthine was joined at the Shrine by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Damian Drum and Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett.
“In the lead up to the Anzac Centenary, the Victorian Coalition Government is delighted to have the opportunity to house this remarkable artefact of Australia’s history,” Mr Drum said.
“All Victorians will now have an opportunity to experience a direct connection to the legacy of those who served on the battlefields in Gallipoli.”
The landing boat was used to carry 36 men from the 12th Battalion Headquarters and 3rd Field Ambulance from ‘HMAT Devanha’ and was rowed the final 200 metres to shore under heavy fire. The boat would later ferry the wounded to waiting ships off Gallipoli.
Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said the arrival of the ‘Devanha’ landing boat was a key milestone for the Galleries of Remembrance project.
“The ‘Devanha’ landing boat is the heart of the Galleries of Remembrance project. We have been planning for its arrival since the project began two years ago and it is very exciting to see it here today,” Mr Hodgett said.
“One of the first things we did when construction began in 2013 was build a mock of the landing boat to work out how it could be brought into the Shrine’s under-croft and installed.
“The landing boat will give the exhibition space a vital link back to Gallipoli and help to make the stories of mateship and sacrifice real to the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected in coming years.”
The ‘Devanha’ Landing Boat will be on permanent loan to the Shrine from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
2014-04-06 - Shrine Galleries of Remembrance project ahead of schedule as ANZAC Day approaches
The Galleries of Remembrance project at the Shrine of Remembrance is ahead of schedule and will open later this year, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett announced today.
Mr Hodgett also confirmed that the $45 million project will be fully funded and open in time for the commencement of Victoria’s commemorations for the Centenary of the First World War on ANZAC day next year.
“The Galleries of Remembrance project will be the centre piece of Victoria’s commemorations for the Centenary of the commencement of the First World War, and I am happy to say that construction is three months ahead of schedule, meaning the new exhibition spaces will open later this year rather than in April 2015 as originally scheduled,” Mr Hodgett said.
“The Southern Extension part of the project will be handed over to the Shrine to begin fitting out in the next week. The base building construction will be completed in July.
Mr Hodgett said the project will create a new gallery and education space underneath the Shrine with facilities for exhibitions, community research, and schools’ programs.
“One of the highlights of the exhibition space will be a lifeboat used during the Gallipoli landing from the troop and hospital ship SS Devanha, on long term loan from the Australian War Memorial,” Mr Hodgett said.
“The Shrine is a unique project. All of the nearly 20,000 Victorians who died in the First World War were buried overseas and the Shrine was built so that people at home had a place to mourn.
“It was largely funded by public donation and built by returned servicemen during the Great Depression. It is a building rich with symbols and stories that reach down to the bedrock of what it means to be Australian.
“The redevelopment is a job that requires the utmost respect and care. The Coalition Government has been delighted with the way that everyone involved in the project has pulled together to deliver an excellent result.”
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Damian Drum said the Shrine of Remembrance was Victoria’s most significant memorial to the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping.
“Upgrading the Shrine through the Galleries of Remembrance project will help future generations understand the enormous sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women for their country,” Mr Drum said.
“Overall by 2020 we expect around one million people to be visiting the Shrine each year.”
2013-04-16 - The Shrine Galleries of Remembrance project works underway
Work is underway on the Galleries of Remembrance project at the Shrine of Remembrance, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Hugh Delahunty announced today.
“The Coalition Government committed $22.5 million towards the $45 million redevelopment which will build on the pre-eminence of the Shrine – Victoria’s most significant war memorial,” Mr Delahunty said.
“Excavators are on site and have begun the task of removing more than 10,000 m3 of soil to create two new courtyard areas on the southern side of the site.
“This is the beginning of a very exciting project to create the Galleries of Remembrance that will give the Shrine a lecture theatre, exhibition spaces and a display area for a lifeboat from the SS DEVANHA which was used during the Gallipoli landing and has been generously loaned to Victoria by the Australian War Memorial.
“The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s most significant war memorial to the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping.
“This project will be completed for the ANZAC Centenary in April 2015 and will help future generations understand the enormous sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women for their country.
“One of the best new features will be the digital Rolls of Honour. Anyone who has visited the Shrine of Remembrance will be familiar with the beautiful hand written Books of Remembrance which list the names of the 89,100 Victorians who enlisted and served in World War 1.
“The new digital Rolls of Honour will continue this commemoration by listing the names of Victorians who enlisted in the Second World War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In the case of World War 2 alone this is more than 360,000 people,” Mr Delahunty said.
Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said the project would also expand the Shrine of Remembrance’s facilities, including education facilities which currently cater for nearly 50,000 students a year.
Mr Hodgett said an auditorium and activity pods in the exhibition spaces would engage young Victorians in new and exciting ways to help them understand the sacrifice of our service men and women.
“The Galleries of Remembrance will complement and build on the successful 2003 works which created a new visitors’ centre and courtyards,” Mr Hodgett said.
“They will expand the Shrine’s under-croft area by about 1,200 m2 and the two new courtyards on the southern side will visually complete the Shrine’s exterior.
“It is always a challenge to work on an iconic and sacred building such as this but we are confident that the team of Probuild and architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall will do the building justice.
“This project will ensure the Shrine of Remembrance is a highlight of the ANZAC Centenary celebrations in 2015.
“The building works will not impact on the forthcoming commemoration of ANZAC Day 2013 or other events in the Shrine’s annual ceremonial program,” Mr Hodgett said.
2013-01-24 - Coalition Government starts construction on Shrine of Remembrance upgrade
Premier Ted Baillieu and Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine have announced the start of construction work on the Galleries of Remembrance project at the Shrine of Remembrance.Mr Baillieu said the Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s most significant war memorial to the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping.“The Coalition Government has committed funding of more than $20 million to this project and we are seeking matching funding from the Commonwealth,” Mr Baillieu said.“We are starting work on this project now to ensure it is completed for the Centenary of the ANZAC in April 2015.“The project will also help future generations understand the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women through the creation of new exhibitions and educational facilities in the building’s southern undercroft,” Mr Baillieu said.Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government had appointed Melbourne based construction firm Probuild to manage the Galleries of Remembrance project.“The scope of works will include a new lecture theatre, permanent and temporary exhibition spaces and a wonderful new display area created especially for a lifeboat used during the Gallipoli landing from the troop and hospital ship SS DEVANHA, on loan to Victoria from the Australian War Memorial,” Dr Napthine said.Minister for Veteran’s Affairs Hugh Delahunty said one of the Coalition Government’s highest priorities for the project was to help educate, commemorate and preserve Australia’s war history, particularly as we approach the centenary of the ANZAC.“We want to ensure the best possible experience for visitors to the Shrine, especially younger people who continue to visit the Shrine in large numbers,” Mr Delahunty said.
2012-05-01 - Multi-million dollar facelift for leading war memorial
The centerpiece of Victoria‟s preparations for the Centenary of ANZAC is one step closer to fruition, with today‟s $22.5 million State Budget announcement to redevelop our most important war memorial, the Shrine of Remembrance.
Minister for Veterans‟ Affairs Hugh Delahunty said the Victorian Coalition Government's contribution towards the $45 million project would see a permanent purpose-built home for the "Devanha" lifeboat used in the landing at Gallipoli, as well as other improvements.
The redevelopment will also include a southern extension housing new auditorium and education facilities, as well as two new courtyards, improved retail space, enhanced visitor centre and a new cafe.
“As part of the works, the 'Devanha' will be housed in the undercroft of the Shrine, alongside a modern new exhibit and educational space,” Mr Delahunty said.
“One of my biggest priorities is to educate, commemorate and preserve our war history, and these redevelopments will ensure the best possible experience for visitors to the Shrine, especially school groups.
“In the lead-up to the Centenary of ANZAC and World War I in 2014, it‟s important that we now enhance the experience on offer at the Shrine, and take advantage of the increased interest in our war heritage at this time.
“The Shrine is undoubtedly our most significant war memorial, and this funding package will ensure we, as a community, continue to pay tribute to our service heroes with a lasting legacy well after the Centenary of ANZAC,” Mr Delahunty said.
Mr Delahunty said he looked forward to working with the Commonwealth Government to secure the matching funds for the redevelopment to proceed.
“The work we are doing is about expanding the Shrine‟s role as a place of commemoration and community learning for the long-term,” Mr Delahunty said.
“It‟s also about maintaining the Shrine‟s pre-eminence, not only as a key memorial in Victoria to the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping, but also as a site of national, state and cultural significance,” Mr Delahunty said.