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The Right to Know: 100 years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service

Date: 14 January 2016 to 27 March 2016

Time: 10am to 5pm

Location: Institute Gallery, Institute Building, Corner North Terrace and Kintore Ave

Note: Free, open daily (except public holidays)


Australian Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of reconnecting loved ones separated by war, conflict, disaster and migration.

From the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front of WWI, to WWII, through post-war migration, innumerable natural and man-made disasters and to current crises in Syria and Yemen, the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service has helped thousands of people reconnect or know the fate of their loved ones across the world over the last 100 years.

At the centre of these centenary celebrations is The Right to Know: 100 Years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service, a special exhibition that highlights the history of the service and shares the stories of some of those it has helped.

Understand the reasons why a family can become separated and how circumstances make it impossible for them to find one another.

Discover how a young woman from Melbourne helps establish the Australian tracing service during World War I and learn how Red Cross works to reconnect people across the world today.

Experience the emotion of those who have been separated from their loved ones and what the Red Cross tracing service has meant to them.

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