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MEDIA RELEASE - World War One Exhibition heads to Portland

16 April 2018

A centenary touring exhibition will visit Portland this May to provide a unique glimpse into the lives of Victorians who served during the First World War.

The Shrine of Remembrance’s Australia Will Be There: Victorians in the First World War (1914-19) exhibition will be on display at the Portland Arts Centre from 1 May – 15 June 2018.

The exhibition will present the chronology of the First World War through historical photographs and personal stories, with particular reference to the contribution of Victorians.

Glenelg Shire Arts and Culture Manager Susie Lyons described the exhibition as a “once in a lifetime viewing opportunity” for residents.

“This free exhibition, which features over 100 historical photographs drawn from across Victoria, provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the many Australian men and women who served during the First World War, detailing their triumphs, struggles and sacrifices,” she said.

“Frequently drawing on personal letters and diaries, the collection presents perspectives on both frontline and home front experiences, detailing the thoughts and reflections of those affected by the war.

“This is a rare opportunity to view such a comprehensive and touching exhibition on the First World War in a local setting, so I urge residents to drop into the Portland Arts Centre between May or June to see the collection for themselves.”

An official opening of the exhibition will take place on Tuesday 1 May from 5:30pm at the Portland Arts Centre, with all community members welcome. RSVPs are encouraged for this event and can be made by contacting the Portland Arts Centre directly.

Community members are also invited to attend the special Floor Talk event on Wednesday 2 May from 10:30am at the Portland Arts Centre. During this time a Shrine of Remembrance delegate will take viewers through the exhibition, detailing the stories behind each piece.

The Australia Will Be There: Victorians in the First World War (1914-19) exhibition has been on tour since 2014 and has so far visited fourteen venues across the state.

For further information on the exhibition please visit

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