Diana Lawrenson

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Diana Lawrenson Pages to Places Blog

Welcome to my blog that takes you from pages to places. Come and discover some quirky, little-known, or loose-but-relevant links from books to places around the world. You might even like to add a book suggestion of your own to the topic.

30 April 2017 | Australia, Melbourne, St Kilda Road


Shrine of Remembrance, MelbourneIt sits in an area of peace and emerald green lawns rising from the trams and traffic along St Kilda Road, one of Melbourne’s boulevards. Positioned where it can be seen from the distant end of the city, the Shrine of Remembrance is a grand war memorial, a tribute to those who’ve served their country.

Countless books and reams of newsprint have been published about wars of all sorts. Funding to build the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne - view fromShrine was raised during the Great Depression. It opened in 1934. Originally erected with the loss of Victorians in World War 1 still in everyone’s mind, the Shrine and various memorial additions surrounding it now honour Victorians who’ve given service in other conflicts.

I have stood with thousands on a frosty morning at the ANZAC Dawn Service at the Shrine, amidst the silence and attention, the sadness and the gratitude, the old and the young. The Last Post, the minute’s silence, followed by the Reveille which is played only at ANZAC Day dawn services, is deeply moving as the sun rises.

In the Shrine’s crypt several galleries host changing exhibitions. There’s even a restored boat used in the Gallipoli landing – the heart of ANZAC Day.

Eternal Flame, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

See www.shrine.org.au for current and forthcoming exhibitions and educational programs.


  • Maestro John Monash: Australia’s Greatest Citizen General by Tim Fischer
  • A Day to Remember by Jackie French, ill. Mark Wilson (for children)
  • Viet Nam: the Australian War by Paul Ham
  • Kokoda by Peter Fitzsimons (two editions – adult and teen)
  • Meet the Anzacs by Claire Saxby (for children)
  • The Crossroad by Mark Donaldson VC
  • After the Blast by Garth Callender (Iraq and Afghanistan)
  • Digger the Dog who went to War by Mark Wilson (for children)
  • Along the Road to Gundagai by Jack O’Hagan, ill. Andrew McLean (for children) suggested by Janet McLean www.mcleanbooks.com




  1. Another book about Australians at war is On the Road to Gundagai, illustrated by Andrew McLean (a picture book for children). Andrew drew on his father’s experiences in WW1 in France for the illustrations in this book

    1. Thank you for the alert to the book, Janet, and for the insight to Andrew’s illustrations.

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