The Sir John Monash Centre tells Australia’s story on the Western Front in the words of those who served. Named in honour of Sir John Monash and set on the grounds of the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme, the Centre is one of the key sites of the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front.
After passing the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery and the Australian National Memorial which bears the names of 10,732 soldiers who died in France with no known grave, visitors descend trench-like ramps into the brand-new centre.
This cutting-edge multimedia centre reveals the Australian Western Front experience through a series of interactive multimedia installations and immersive experiences. The experience is designed so visitors gain a better understanding of the journey of ordinary Australians, told in their own voices through letters, diaries and real-life images. Visitors can learn more about Australian society before the war, Australia’s involvement in the war and how, when and where they fought along the Western Front.
A must-see of the visit is the immersive gallery of the Sir John Monash Centre which delivers dramatic content, including soldiers’ voices. Displayed on more than 180 screens, this jaw-dropping footage relates both the battles of Hamel and Villers-Bretonneux.
The SJMC App, downloaded onto each visitor’s personal mobile device, acts as a virtual tour guide over the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, the Australian National Memorial and the Sir John Monash Centre.
A visit to the Sir John Monash Centre is always a moving experience that leaves a lasting impression.
The Centre lies 150 kilometers north of Paris in Villers-Bretonneux. Entry is free and bookings are recommended during peak periods. You are encouraged to download the SJMC App, fully charge your mobile device and bring your own earphones. Visit the official website for more information.