Since 1935 the Shrine Guards have carried the responsibility of guarding the Shrine of Remembrance on behalf of generations of Victorians.
After the opening of the Shrine on 11 November 1934, the then Chief Commissioner of Police, Thomas Blamey appointed a select group of men to look after this site. From the 250 Victoria Police who applied, twelve highly decorated veterans of the First World War were selected for this honour. Lieutenant George Ingram, winner of the Victoria Cross, was the most highly decorated member and became the unofficial leader of the Shrine Guards. Two Senior Constables were added to this contingent to become officers in charge.
The Shrine Guard proudly wear the uniforms of the Light Horse Infantry. Limited additions have been made to this uniform since it was adopted. The Shrine Guards dual security and ceremonial roles at the Shrine have not greatly changed since 1935. The proviso that Guards should be recruited from those who had seen active service was removed in 1970. In 1990 recruitment from the Victoria Police ceased and men were drawn from the Victoria Police Protective Services Unit, fully trained in military drill and equipped to become Shrine Guards. The first female Shrine Guard was appointed in 1995.
The Victoria Police and Protective Services Officers who have comprised the Shrine Guard for over 80 years are justly proud of their service to the Shrine of Remembrance in protecting the memorial and the memories of Victorians who have served and died in war and peacekeeping.
The original Shrine Guards in 1935
- Lindsay George Good, DCM, 8975
- Robert Bruce Forsyth, MC, 8977
- George Blyth, MM, 8979
- Thomas Henry Griffiths, MC, 8981
- Archibald Boadle, MM, 8983
- Patrick Darcy Hayes, DCM, 8985
- George Dickson Cooke, DCM, 8988
- Henry Hatherell Jones, MC, 8976
- Henry Thomas Gosbell, MM, 8978
- Francis Douglas Burrell, DCM, MM, 8980
- Simeon George Horsey, MM, 8982
- Herbert Frank Parker, MM & Bar, 8984
- Albert Horace Bennett, MM, 8986
- George Mawby Ingram, VC, MM, 8987