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*Launch of the Sir John Monash Centre Website
The official Sir John Monash Centre website – www.sjmc.gov.au – is now live. It provides all the information required to plan a visit to the Centre such as opening hours, how to get there, and what to expect from a visit – including how visitors will use their own mobile device in conjunction with the SJMC App and free Wi-Fi as a virtual tour guide to the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, the Australian National Memorial, and the SJMC. The website is available in English, in French and in Dutch.
Visitors to the SJMC website are recommended to select the option to register for updates. Those who register will be notified when new features are added to the site – such as news articles, additional language versions for international visitors, and a booking system. Bookings will be essential for groups wishing to visit the Centre.
Explore the Sir John Monash Centre website.
*Online registration for commemorative services in 2018
The Anzac Day commemorations for 2017 are now completed. The Australian Embassy would like to thank all of the hard workers in the local communities who helped with the events and to all the public who attended. We have already started preparing for 2018.
You can already register your attendance at https://overseascommemorations.ticketek.com.au/
The online registration for the following commemorative services are already open:
- Centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux - 25 April 2018
- Centenary of the Battle of Le Hamel - 4 July 2018
- Centenary of the First World War Armistice, Villers-Bretonneux - 11 November 2018
*Work on the Sir John Monash Centre
Work on the Sir John Monash Centre, to be located behind the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme, commenced in January 2016 and will continue through to the official opening of the Centre in April 2018. During this period, there may be short periods of disruption to visitors at the site and the adjacent Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Villers-Bretonneux Military cemetery.
As part of the works, the Australian National Memorial will be cleaned and refurbished. This will at times necessitate limited access to the tower during the month of October 2017, including a two-day closure on 18-19 October. Over the winter months, from 14 November 2017 through to mid-February 2018, temporary scaffolding will be installed and the tower will be closed. However, visitors will still be able to visit the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery and view the Commemorative Wall. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
*The Franco-Australian Museum in Villers-Bretonneux, France
The Franco-Australian Museum in Villers-Bretonneux, France was officially reopened on 24 April 2017 by the Hon Dan Tehan M.P., Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, and Dr. Patrick Simon, A.O., Mayor of Villers-Bretonneux.
The Franco-Australian Museum and school redevelopment project embodied the collaborative spirit of the Australian Remembrance Trail. The Australian Government jointly funded the renovation of the building and museum with the town of Villers-Bretonneux, the Conseil General de la Somme and the Region FRAPP. The Villers-Bretonneux school was originally rebuilt after the First World War with funds raised by Victorian schoolchildren
The museum tells the story of Australia's involvement in the area through a large collection of objects, letters, photos, videos and memorabilia and is a symbol and record of the longstanding relationship between Australia and Villers-Bretonneux. Thanks to its refurbished premises, the museum has more objects on display today than ever before. The Australian Government is proud to have supported this project to ensure that both the collection and this legacy have been protected and enhanced for future generations to experience and appreciate.