Crypt Colours and Guidons

The Shrine was dedicated on 11 November 1934. In 1940 the Shrine Trustees proposed that the Crypt would be an appropriate place in which to lay up the Colours of disbanded Victorian regiments. This idea came to fruition on 4 October 1953, when the 24 Battalion Colours were the first to be laid up. By December 1953 the Colours of the 21st, 22nd and 29rd Battalions had also been lodged in the Crypt.

The Colours of a cavalry regiment are traditionally in the form of a Guidon or swallow – tailed flag which derived its name from the French Guyd-Homme (Guide Man), who would lead by carrying the flag.

The Colours and guidons have been given into the custody of the Shrine Trustees at solemn ceremonies conducted in accordance with long established traditions. Light Horse guidons date from the 1850s and most recently, in 2006, five guidons were laid up. The Crypt Colours originate from 27 Victorian units of the Australian Army and represent some 25% of all Victorian Regimental Colours. Other Colours are laid up elsewhere in Victoria and five are held in the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
 


Colours and Guidons laid up in the Crypt

  • 60th Infantry Battalion (The Heidelberg Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 60th Infantry Battalion (The Heidelberg Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 60th Infantry Battalion (Brunswick and Carlton Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 59th Infantry Battalion (The Shepparton Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 59th Infantry Battalion (The Shepparton Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 58th Infantry Battalion (The Essendon Rifles Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 58th Infantry Battalion (The Essendon Rifles Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 57th Infantry Battalion (The Merri Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 57th Infantry Battalion (The Merri Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 52nd Infantry Battalion (The Gippsland Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 52nd Infantry Battalion (The Gippsland Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 46th Infantry Battalion (The Brighton Rifles) Regimental Colour
  • 46th Infantry Battalion (The Brighton Rifles) King’s Colour
  • 39th Infantry Battalion (The Hawthorn and Kew Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 39th Infantry Battalion (The Hawthorn and Kew Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 37th Infantry Battalion (The Henty Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 37th Infantry Battalion (The Henty Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 29th Infantry Battalion (The East Melbourne Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 29th Infantry Battalion (The East Melbourne Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 24th Infantry Battalion (The Kooyong Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 24th Infantry Battalion (The Kooyong Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 22nd Infantry Battalion (The Richmond Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 22nd Infantry Battalion (The Richmond Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 22nd Battalion The Royal Victorian Regiment Queen’s Colour
  • 22nd Battalion The Royal Victorian Regiment Regimental Colour
  • 21st Infantry Battalion (The Victorian Rangers) Regimental Colour
  • 21st Infantry Battalion (The Victorian Rangers) King’s Colour
  • 8th Infantry Battalion (The North West Victorian Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 8th Infantry Battalion (The North West Victorian Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 6th Infantry Battalion (The Royal Melbourne Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 6th Infantry Battalion (The Royal Melbourne Regiment) King’s Colour
  • 6th Infantry Battalion (The City of Melbourne Regiment) Regimental Colour
  • 6th Infantry Battalion (The City of Melbourne Regiment) Queen’s Colour
  • 2nd/6th Infantry Battalion (6th Bn 1st Australian Imperial Force) King’s Banner
  • 1st/5th Aust Infantry Regiment (1st Bn Militia Infantry Brigade Vic) King’s Banner
  • Melbourne University Rifle Regiment Regimental Colour
  • Melbourne University Rifle Regiment King’s Colour
  • 20th Light Horse Regiment (Victorian Light Horse) Guidon
  • 19th Light Horse Regiment (Yarrowee Light Horse) Guidon
  • 17th Light Horse Regiment (Bendigo Light Horse) Guidon
  • 13th Light Horse Regiment (Gippsland Light Horse) Guidon
  • 8th Light Horse Regiment (Indi Light Horse) Guidon
  • 4th Light Horse Regiment (Corangamite Light Horse) Guidon

Colours on display in the Hall of columns

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