Ceremonies Archive

  • 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2018

    4 February 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 2018

    4 February 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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.

  • HMAS Voyager Association 2018

    10 February 2018, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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 I 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.

  • National Servicemen's Association 2018

    11 February 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

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    TBA

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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.

  • Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association 2018

    11 February 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35a

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    TBA

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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 2018

    13 February 2018, 7:20pm

    Wreath Laying Graduation Parade on the Forecourt

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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.

  • Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2018

    15 February 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2018

    15 February 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

    8 February 1942: Invasion of Singapore
    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.

    16 February 1942: Bangka Island Massacre
    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.

    28 February 1942: Sinking of HMAS Perth
    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.

    3-8 February 1943: The Battle of Wau
    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.

  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2018

    19 February 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt and Memorial Tree D57

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    TBA

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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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  • 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2018

    25 February 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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  • 8RAR (VIC) Association, Long Hai Commemoration 2018

    25 February 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post-45 Memorial

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    TBA

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

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2018

    25 February 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    This service is in memory of the Victorian servicemen and women who have served overseas or in Australia in all wars, in ships or units of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, or the Royal Australian Air Force.

    In particular, we remember the service of men and women who served in units from World War I and World War II who once would have attended their annual Pilgrimage in this month, but due to the passage of time are no longer able to.

    In World War I, 89,000 Victorians served overseas. 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.

    In World War II, 297,000 Victorians served overseas. 10,900 made the supreme sacrifice.

    We will remember them.