A Traveller's Guide

A new resource for those travelling to the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front

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Fromelles - ‘Australia’s worst 24 hours’

The attack on Fromelles on 19 July 1916 was the first major battle fought by Australian troops on the Western Front. The 5th Division, that undertook the attack, was a mix of Gallipoli veterans and newly trained reinforcements.

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Arras is one of the jewels of northern France, a cultured city of 120,000 people, with 2,000 years of history, a rich tradition of architecture, painting, fine dining and commerce.

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Australian Women artists on the Western Front

During the First World War, no women were granted commissions as Australian official war artists, but that didn’t stop some female artists following their passion and making their own way to France to illustrate the war through their eyes.

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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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