Melbourne: Exhibition Australians with Serbs in World War I

20. May 2022.
The exhibition Australians with Serbs in World War I, organised by the Serbian Australian Cultural Foundation and supported by the Embassy of Serbia in Canberra, has been opened in the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

This exhibition is by Bojan Pajić and it includes a collection of objects and decorations from World War I. It is a series of works of art representing the war in Serbia through sketches, paintings, lithographs, posters, and photographs from that time.

At the opening of the exhibition, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Australia Rade Stefanović pointed out that Serbia and Australia fought as allies in both World Wars and that “we remember these unbreakable ties through the exhibition”. He mentioned the numerous victims that Serbia suffered in World War I and that Serbia would always be grateful to those who contributed to its fight for freedom.

The descendants of the two Australians who participated in the war noted in their very emotional speeches that their ancestors had nurtured a special affection and admiration for Serbia and the Serbian people until their death, which they had passed onto them.

In addition to this temporary exhibition, the Army Museum of South Australia in Adelaide and the Military and Colonial Museum in Maryborough (Queensland) have prepared smaller permanent exhibitions dedicated to Australians from those respective states who had fought with the Serbian army in World War I.