Ceremonies Archive

  • RAN Recruits Visit - February 2016

    Sunday 7 February 2016, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives;
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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  • 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2016

    Sunday 7 February 2016, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives;
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/21st Infantry Battalion, part of the 23rd Brigade of the 8th Division, began assembling at Trawool in central Victoria on 11 July 1940.

    Approximately half the recruits were from Melbourne and the rest from rural Victoria. Training was conducted at Trawool until 23 September when the battalion began to move to Bonegilla, near Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victoria border. It made the 235km journey on foot, arriving on 4 October. Training soon resumed and occupied the battalion until it commenced another move on 23 March 1941 for Darwin in the Northern Territory. It had been earmarked to reinforce Dutch troops on the island of Ambon in the event of a Japanese attack. Although military sense dictated the battalion should be deployed as early as possible, to prepare defences and train in the conditions in which it would fight, it was thought a premature deployment may provoke Japanese action. Thus, the battalion would be held in Darwin until Japan’s intentions were clear.

  • 4th Light Horse Association 2016

    7 February 2016, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Shrine Sanctuary, followed by speeches at Memorial Tree B 27.

    Shrine Representative; Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 4th Light Horse Regiment was formed as the divisional cavalry regiment for the 1st Australian Division on 11 August 1914. Belying traditional stereotypes, over 20 per cent of the original regiment were city dwellers from Melbourne. The regiment sailed from Melbourne on 19 October 1914 and disembarked in Egypt on 10 December.

  • Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association 2016

    7 February 2016, 2:40pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative; Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    The Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the Army. RAAC units are able to participate in a range of operations including direct attack, reconnaissance and armoured mobility to infantry. Units of the RAAC are equipped with the Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) family of vehicles or the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and Bushmaster (PMV) family of vehicles.
  • Melbourne University Regiment Graduation Parade --------------- CANCELLED at Unit Request 2016 only

    Tuesday 9 February 2016 7:20pm

    Wreath Laying Graduation Parade on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives;
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The regiment traces its origins to 1884 as D company, 4th Battalion of the Victorian Rifles, at which time it was known as the University Company. General Sir John Monash was a Colour Sergeant of this unit before taking a commission in the colonial and later Commonwealth militia.

  • Scrap Iron Flotilla Association (HMAS Voyager I and II) 2016

    Wednesday 10 February 2016 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative; Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    HMAS Voyager (I) was an integral part of the Scrap Iron Flotilla, one of five destroyers deployed to the Mediterranean at the outset of WWII. VOYAGER II was lost on 23rd September 1942 after running aground at Betano Bay whilst disembarking troops.

    HMAS Voyager (II) was lost at sea on the 10th February 1964 with the loss of 82 lives when it collided with the aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne HMAS Voyager (D04) was a Daring class destroyer commissioned into the RAN in 1957. The ship was lost in a collision with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne on 10 February 1964.

  • National Servicemen's Association 2016

    Sunday 14 February 2016 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery.

    Shrine Representative; Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    Compulsory military training for the nation's young men was reintroduced in 1951 by the Liberal Government. It was the third such scheme to have existed in Australia since Federation. Eighteen-year-old men were required to partake in the National Service scheme, which meant that they had to undertake 176 days of military training. Those who elected to undertake their training in the army could break up their training requirements into two periods, 98 days in the regular army and 78 days in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF). Those who elected to undertake their training with the RAN or the RAAF had to complete their 176 days in one stretch. The scheme was criticised as being irrelevant to modern defence needs, where skill was becoming more important than numbers, and for being a drain on the regular army's finances and manpower. In 1959 the scheme was abolished.

  • Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association (Ex-POW&RA) 2016

    Monday 15 February 2016 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

    Shrine Representative; Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    Membership of the Association is available to former prisoners of war and their relatives.

    Membership details can be obtained through the Association Secretary:

    Email: expowra@bigpond.net.au

    Tel: (03) 9629 5365

    Mail: PO Box 2 Flinders Lane PO, Melbourne, VIC 8009

  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration Committee 2016

    Friday 19 February 2016 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt and Memorial Tree D57

    Shrine Representatives;
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

     

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    The attack on Darwin on 19th February 1942 by the Japanese was the first attack ever made by an enemy on Australian soil. The devastating attack by 242 Japanese aircraft , sank 8 and damaged 15 of the 45 ships in the harbour. 23 aircraft were destroyed and an estimated 900 people killed with many hundreds injured.

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2016

    21 February 2016, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives;
    Shrine Trustee Dr Michael Lawriwsky
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Ron Ledingham (Retd)

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    This remembrance service is in memory of the Victorian servicemen and women who served overseas in World War I, either in units of the Australian Military Forces or in ships of the Royal Australian Navy.Their names are recorded forever in the books displayed in the ambulatory of this Shrine of Remembrance. They served in the Middle East, on the Gallipoli peninsula, in France and on the oceans of the world.

    We also remember all the men and women who were in uniform before 1939. These brave men and women have become part of our history and are known as the 39ers.

    89,000 Victorians served overseas.
    19,000 made the supreme sacrifice

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2016

    Monday 22 February 2016 11:30 am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives;
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    In the month of February we commemorate several actions that occurred in the Pacific theatre in the Second World War.

    These events are:

    The Battle of Wau – 3-8 Feb 1943
    The Battle of Wau was a pivotal moment in the Australian campaign against Japanese forces on New Guinea. With the help of RAAF ground attack aircraft regular Army and militia units were first able to defeat the Japanese attack on Wau then launch a counter-attack that marked the beginning of the end for Japanese forces on the island.

    Invasion of Singapore – 8 Feb 1942
    The Japanese invasion, and subsequent capture, of ‘Fortress Singapore’ ranks as one of the darkest episodes of the Second World War. Despite putting up a fierce defence more than 15,000 men of the 8th Division became prisoners of war following the surrender of Singapore. Thousands of these men would die in Japanese PoW camps and more would suffer from injury and illness received in these camps for the rest of their lives.

    Bangka Island Massacre – 16 Feb 1942
    Following the sinking of the Vyner Brooke, a merchant ship carrying medical personnel wounded soldiers back to Australia, several dozen Australians escaped the sinking ship and landed on Bangka Island. Here Japanese forces would massacre the wounded soldiers and their medical carers leaving Sister Lieutenant Vivian Bullwinkel as the only survivor.

    Sinking of HMAS Perth – 28 February
    1942 HMAS Perth, a Leander class light cruiser, was one of the most famous RAN ships of the Second World War. She established a tremendous record in the Mediterranean theatre before returning home to fight the Japanese in early 1942. She was sunk in company with the USS Houston following a night action against a much larger Japanese force off Sunda Strait.

  • 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2016

    Sunday 28 February 2016 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

    Shrine Representative; Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Ron Ledingham (Retd).

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  • 8 RAR (VIC) Association, Long Hai Commemoration 2016

    Sunday 28 February 2016 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Post 1945 Memorial.

    Shrine Representative: Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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     Date during Long Hai operations in 1970 that 8RAR sustained most fatal causalities - mainly from mine fields.