• Exhibition - Colin Colahan: His Art and Life during the Second World War


The Bendigo District RSL through the Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum (SMIMM) with the support of the Eldon Hogan Trust and the Australian War Memorial, is pleased to publicly launch the exhibition, Colin Colahan: His Art and Life during the Second World War which opens on Friday, 18th October 2019. It is fitting in this year, the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings that we highlight service by central Victorians in Europe during the Second World War. One such person is acclaimed Australian official war artist, Colin Colahan, born in Woodend. Accompanying the exhibition will be the launch of the SMIMM’s first special catalogue which includes an essay by retired Regional Gallery Director, Peter Perry and foreword by Australian War Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson AO.

The exhibition will be launched along with a floor talk by Peter Perry, an acknowledged expert on the work of Colin Colahan, on Sunday 20th October at 2pm. Accompanying the exhibition also will be a display of items from the SMIMM collection related to central Victorian’s serving during the Second World War in the Royal Australian Air Force in Europe and the Pacific. The display will include items from the Allardice Collection and Coastal Command as well as profiling the service of Harold Chatfield, RAAF Fighter Pilot operating out of Burma who lives in Bendigo.

The exhibition is included in general admission costs of $6.

Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum
37-39 Pall Mall
Bendigo 3550

18 October 2019 - 2 February 2020
03 5442 4513