Architectural render of the inside of the Sir John Monash Centre
A mobile phone showing a booking confirmation rests on a map of the Villers-Bretonneux region.
Children with and their mother, playing outdoors, with a cat, a teddybear and stroller
The frontispiece to May Gibbs' book, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Villers-Bretonneux: A region of rich heritage

It has been said that the last witness in war is the ground itself. Today, in France, a unique and wealthy heritage remains from the battles on the Western Front.

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Welcome

Be among the first to visit the Sir John Monash Centre

The Sir John Monash Centre will open to visitors in April 2018, after 27 months of construction.

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Bookings now open

Bookings are now open for the Sir John Monash Centre which is due to open at the Australian National Memorial, near Villers-Bretonneux in France, in April 2018.

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How children experienced the war

The First World War affected every part of Australian society. Nearly 417,000 men enlisted, while large numbers of women were recruited into jobs that had been vacated. Children were also expected to contribute to the war effort.

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Looking back: Australia in 1918

As we enter a new year it is timely to reflect on life in Australia 100 years ago. What was occupying the minds of Australians in 1918 as the Great War entered its fifth and final year?

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The Sir John Monash Centre tells Australia’s story of the Western Front in the words of those who served.

Set on the grounds of the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery  in northern France, and adjacent to the Australian National Memorial, the Sir John Monash Centre is the hub of the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front, and establishes a lasting international legacy of Australia’s Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018.

This cutting-edge multimedia centre reveals the Australian Western Front experience through a series of interactive media installations and immersive experiences. The SJMC App, downloaded on each visitor’s personal mobile device, acts as a ‘virtual tour guide’ over the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, the Australian National Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre.

The experience is designed so visitors gain a better understanding of the journey of ordinary Australians — told in their own voices through letters, diaries and life-size images — and connect with the places they fought and died. A visit to the Sir John Monash Centre will be a moving experience that leaves a lasting impression.

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