Fifty years ago, in May/June 1968 Australian soldiers fought their largest, most sustained and arguably most hazardous battles of the Vietnam War. Units of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) confronted regimental-sized formations of the North Vietnamese regular army in fierce actions around Fire Support Patrol Bases (FSPB) Coral and Balmoral in what was then known as Bien Hoa province.
The National Vietnam Veterans Museum is holding a commemorative exhibition to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Coral and Balmoral. A series of photographs, displays and audio visual effects will portray the history, the people and the stories. Unique information and images, hitherto unavailable, will be on display.
This Exhibition will run from Saturday 5 May to Friday 23 November and is included in the price of admission to the Museum.
Watch the famous holographic Light & Sound Show. Enjoy light refreshments at the Nui Dat Café.
Big Boys Toys
All you model and radio remote control model enthusiasts will want to visit the National Vietnam Veterans Museum on Sunday 9 September – the week after Father’s Day.
The following clubs are putting on displays of their amazing and remarkable models at the Museum for your pleasure and enjoyment.
South West Amalgamated Model Plane Society; Phillip Island District Railway Modellers; Large Scale Club of Vic; The Pakenham Modellers Group; R/C Drift Club; Victorian Armoured Remote Control Club.
There will be action, noise and excitement. Come along and have a look – this will be a real treat. Don’t forget you can also look through the Museum and watch the holographic Light & Sound Show. Light refreshments will be available from the Nui Dat Café.
A special entry fee to the Museum will be $10 per person and $40 for a family ticket with 3 kids.
Thank you to our sponsors San Remo & District Financial Services and The Angior Family Foundation.
See our website for further details: www.vietnamvetsmuseum.org or call us on 03 5956 6400.
Barry V Kelly
All theatre and history lovers, don’t forget to put this date and event in your diary – for one night only.
Barry Versus Kelly – The tragic story of Australia’s folk hero, Ned Kelly and the judge who hanged him.
A musical drama by Felix Meagher (with additional music by Lou Hesterman and Cyril Moran) about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in November 1880. Barry Versus Kelly focuses on the confrontation between Ned and the Judge, Sir Redmond Barry.
Barry, whose harsh sentencing of Ned’s mother Ellen sparked the Kelly Outbreak, is haunted by Ned’s last words to him.” I will see you where I go.” Barry is fiercely determined to see Irish rebels like Ned Kelly punished, but he fears he might be making a martyr out of Ned.
Declining in health and suffering delusions, Barry wrestles with his conscience and the fears that his family in Ireland sees him as a traitor.
Meanwhile Ellen Kelly, on the day before the hanging, sings to Ned that he is the Loyal Son. Barry finally signs the papers that condemn Kelly and in a dying speech asks that his family be told that “I took a rebel with me.”
Feedback suggests that over 137 years later, this might be as emotionally as close to the story as you can get.
Featuring the actors/singers:
Ned – Anthony Penhall, Ellen Kelly – Cora Browne, Judge Barry – Felix Meagher, Governor of the Goal John Castieau/ Police Commissioner Standish – Colin Driscoll, Chief Secretary of Victoria/John “Red” Kelly – Matthew Hadgraft, Chloe – Lucinda Barratt
Musicians: Cyril Moran & Lou Hesterman
Come along to the National Vietnam Veterans Museum and sit under the wings of the Canberra Bomber to experience the unique atmosphere of watching an emotional performance with these talented performers. Ticket prices: $35 per adult or $30 concession and include a light supper. Wine, beer and soft drink will be available at bar prices. Tickets available online only at: www.trybooking.com/374801
Contact Sonia Hogg on 03 5956 6400 at the Museum for further details or go to our website: www.vietnamvetsmuseum.org