The Joy of Museums

Finding Meaning in Art & History

Other Highlights from the Shrine of Remembrance

Gallery of Medals

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The Wall of Medals highlights the scales of Services Since the Boer War (1899 – 1902)

 Service Medals

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Service Medals are awarded to men and women who have served in wartime and peacekeeping operations. Also for service in Australia’s defence forces and to civilians who supported Australia’s defence during times of war.

In Australia the earliest Service Medal was for Australians who participated in the Maori War in New Zealand in 1860 -1866. The tradition goes back to the British practice of awarding medals for service in battle to all ranks and was introduced in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

39th Battalion Flag

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The stencils on the flag highlight the battle honours of the 39th Battalion.

Peace Medal & Lucky Horseshoe

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The Peace Medal from 1919 was used to commemorate the end of the war. This medal was one of the medals that were issued to all Australian secondary school students. The reverse of the medal has the following words inscribed: “The triumph of liberty and justice.”

“Far Away But Not Forgotten. Australia will be There”

The owner and maker of this lucky horseshoe is not known. Nor is the fate of the soldier who carried it. The soldier who carried this reminder of home must have found it comforting, especially if it was made by a loved one.

Turkish Flag

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Hitler Ashtray

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Smokers were able to express their fry at Adolf Hitler by using this miniature chamber pot for cigarette ashes. Created in 1939, Hitler’s face is on the inside and bottom of this ashtray.

UN Flag

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“A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.” Robert Hughes

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Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons