A free, simple to install exhibition display outlining the story of the Japanese battle cruiser Ibuki is available from the Veterans Branch, Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Four pop-up banners tell the story of the Japanese escort Ibuki on the First Convoy of troopships from Australia to the Middle East in 1914. Japan’s role on the side of the allies in World War One is often forgotten, but the exhibition brings to light the history of the Ibuki’s involvement, and includes photographic images of the Ibuki, her crew and other convoy escorts on that historic journey.
The exhibition display is available at no cost to organisations, such as libraries, historical societies, schools and ex-service organisations and may be of particular interest to schools or organisations offering Japanese language, history and culture courses. The display text is in both English and Japanese.
Borrowing organisations are asked to arrange pickup and return of the exhibition display to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in East Melbourne. Bookings for the exhibition display can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning (03) 9651 2023.
The banners are 2 metres high and 1 metre wide and installation instructions are included. Two of the four banners join together to form the central part of the display (see image above). A flyer is also available which includes sources for further information.