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Beyond Gallipoli and Anzac Day

MARTIN BAYER: International Remembrance of the First World War

Monday 22 October at 5.30 for 6pm

11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest, ACT.

MCH members $5, concession (Government Support) and full-time students $10, non-members $15.00


Martin-Bayer-300x386Martin Bayer is a German-born photographer and independent scholar of war serving on an Australian-German research group on First World War commemoration. This talk will discuss differing modes of commemorating that war in various countries and will consider the Australian experience as part of a wider narrative arc examining the international perspective on commemorations.                     

Speaker: Martin Bayer holds a Master of Peace and Security Policy Studies (IFSH/University of Hamburg, Germany) and a BA in War Studies (King’s College London, UK) and besides his vocational education as photographer (Lette-Verein Berlin, Germany). He is author of a First World War centenary study for the German Federal Foreign Office, Not just on Flanders Fields – The First World War as Topic of International Cultures of Commemoration.

Under the label, he gives lectures on topics such as the cultural dimensions of war and organises art exhibitions, such as Landscapes and Memory at the Bavarian Army Museum, Ingolstadt. In 2015-2018, he took part in an Australian-German research group on the contemporary commemoration of the First World War (ADFA/University of New South Wales/Freie Universität Berlin).

His exhibition Germany’s Dead: War, Grief, and Remembrance with photos of German First World War memorials can be seen at the Australian War Memorial, Saunders Gallery, from 5 Oct to 2 Dec 2018.


Manning Clark House – annual Day of Ideas

Sunday, 11 November, 2018

10am start

$50 MCH members, $35 concession, $65 non-members

We expect places to book out fast, so you can book early at

Day of Ideas

The Day of Ideas will look at two significant events on 11 November, 57 years apart – namely the end of World War One and The Dismissal. A programme outlining the speakers and topics for the day will be issued shortly. Expert speakers will include Professor Nicholas Brown, Professor Jenny Hocking, Andrew Clark and more …

One hundred years ago – on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 – World War One, ‘the war to end all wars,’ ended. Australia lost more than 60,000 soldiers in a conflict largely fought at the other end of the world.

Exactly 57 years later – on November 11, 1975 – the Governor General, Sir John Kerr, sacked Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Some labelled his action a constitutional coup; at the very least it was a politically lethal Vice Regal ambush against an elected Labor Government. Both events are decades apart; one lasted four years and cost 20 million lives, while the other was over in the space of a few minutes.

For Australians, however, both are linked by more than just a coincidence of dates. World War One was followed by the worst sectarian divide in Australia’s history, partly caused by the bitterness and rancor surrounding the issue of conscription, and this divide was later exacerbated by the terrible economic slump known as the Great Depression.

The Dismissal also left a deep scar in Australian public life. The Australian soldiers’ heroism in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 was hailed as the arrival of a distinctive Australian nationalism, but nearly 60 years later The Dismissal raised fundamental questions about the nature and direction of that Australian nation.

Since then, there has been debate about a possible future switch from the British monarch, or the Monarch’s representative in Australia, as the head of state, to having a President of the Australian republic, helping Australians to accept their future as a country in the Indo-Pacific region.

The shaping influence of these two key events, and what we should do as Australians to make this a better society, will be addressed in the Manning Clark House Day of Ideas, which will be held on November 11.




Manning Clark Choristers

The Manning Clark Choristers, with Choir Leader Fleur Millar, and Pianist Sam Row, return for 2018, following a highly successful series of concerts at Manning Clark House in 2017.
If you would like to become a member of the Choristers, have fun, enjoy meeting a great group of people and singing high quality music, then we would love you to be involved.
No previous singing experience necessary and no audition required.
We will be holding some wonderful concerts in 2018, at Manning Clark House and for Fleur-de-lys Vocal Enterprises at fantastic locations in Canberra as well as being joined in concert by some of Canberra’s finest solo singers and young artists.
We also be holding regular workshops and lessons in Feldenkrais, Singing and Acting for Singing.
If you would like to enrol or seek more information please see contact details below, otherwise you can just turn up on the night.
Location: Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest
Term One Dates: Tuesday February 6th – Tuesday April 3rd
Time: 730-930, with a break for chats, tea, coffee and biccies!
Cost: $50 per term MCH members. $60 per term non members,
$5 drop in MCH members. $10 drop in non members.
Contact; Fleur Millar 0421187688