Sir John Monash Centre open to the public

Dignitaries and descendants of First World War soldiers converged just outside the small French town of Villers-Bretonneux on 24 April for the official opening of the Sir John Monash Centre.

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The digger who stayed

When the Armistice was declared, most Australian service men and women couldn’t wait to get home. One exception was a gunner from Adelaide, Charles Atkin, who fell in love in France and returned after the war to live in Villers-Bretonneux.

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Thousands gather for Anzac Day

Thousands of people from throughout the world gathered at the Australian National Memorial on Anzac Day to honour Australians who served on the Western Front.

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A Traveller's Guide

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

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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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