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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.