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Toys, Tales and Tenacity

Town: Melbourne

Address: Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, 3004, VIC

Exhibition and Shows

This first-of-its-kind exhibition at the Shrine of Remembrance delves into the experiences of children during war, shedding light on their unique perspectives and the profound impact war has had on their upbringing.

From cherished toy soldiers and adventure comics to immersive cadet training and captivating computer games, children have long engaged in war-like activities that ignite their imagination and spirit. Through these games, stories, and activities, they navigate a world that can often seem senseless, finding meaning and understanding within the chaos.

While war may have been an indirect experience for many Victorian children, they also recognise those whose lives were directly affected. Some children faced separation from loved ones, endured hardships and sacrifices, or bore witness to the uncertainty and anxiety that war brings. Their stories are integral to understanding the lasting impact war can have on the formative years of childhood.

Join the team for an immersive and thought-provoking journey as they explore the intertwined stories of war, childhood, and the enduring spirit of youth in the face of adversity. Discover the remarkable resilience, patriotism, and imagination of children throughout history, and gain a deeper understanding of the profound impact war has had on Australian culture.



15-06-2024 to 15-07-2024

Originally Started: 13-03-2024