Ceremonies Archive

  • XLI Club

    5 April 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • HMAS Vampire 2018

    8 April 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    To commemorate the sinking of HMAS Vampire and the loss of 10 crew members.

  • Maltese Australian Association (George Cross Award Day) 2018

    8 April 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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    The Australian-Maltese community holds its annual service of remembrance in April each year. This time marks the award of the George Cross to the island by King George VI of the United Kingdom in a letter dated 15 April 1942 so as to "bear witness to the heroism and devotion of its people" during the tremendous hardships they suffered in the early days of World War II.

  • 2/4th Australian General Hospital 2018

    8 April 2018, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The story of the 2/4 Australian General Hospital during WWII is one of which all Australians can be proud. While statistics do not convey the quality of the medical care involved, the fact that some 14,000 casualties passed through the hospital at Tobruk, 19,000 at Redbank and a further 10,000 at Jerusalem, Colombo and Labuan gives some idea of the immensity of their contribution. The record of service rendered by 2/4 AGH in many battlefields between 1940 and 1945 has seldom been surpassed.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - April 2018

    12 April 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    In the month of April we commemorate the following events:

    29 April 1915: Sinking of the AE2
    The Australian submarine AE2 was the first submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles. After five days scouting and harassing Turkish forces the AE2 was attacked by Turkish gunboats, and following a brief fight was scuttled to prevent her capture.

    9 April 1942: Sinking of HMAS Vampire
    Having survived Japanese attacks on ‘Z Force’ - which saw the pride of the Royal Navy HMS Prince of Wales sunk - HMAS Vampire’s luck ran out in April 1942 when she was sunk along with the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes of the coast of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) by Japanese aircraft.

    23 April 1951: Battle of Kapyong
    The best known Australian action of the Korean War the Battle of Kapyong saw 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment blunt the communist advance on Seoul. More than 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea, 340 would lose their lives and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

  • Loyal Orange Institution of Victoria 2018

    15 April 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Longbeach RSL 'Digger for a Day' 2018

    18 April 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • 22 Squadron with Corpus Christi Primary School 2018

    19 April 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B106

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Melbourne Legacy Student's Service 2018

    20 April 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Legacy is a national voluntary organisation of veterans, servicemen and women and other volunteers who are dedicated to the care of the dependants of Australian Defence Force members, after the death of a spouse or parent during service, and to Australian and Allied families after operation service. Legacy was formed in 1923.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - April 2018

    22 April 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    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.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2018

    24 April 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C62a

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 2/14th Battalion was raised in Victoria in April 1940 and was initially stationed at Puckapunyal until it was sent to the Middle East. In early 1942, they were shipped backed to Australia, disembarking in Adelaide where they camped at Springbank in the Adelaide Hills. They travelled to Melbourne by train and took some well earned leave. As the Japanese threat developed, they moved from the Watsonia camp in Melbourne by train to Glen Innes for a short period before moving on to Yandina in Queensland. The Battalion embarked at Brisbane for the Papuan campaign. Between 16 August 1942 and 15 January 1943 the battalion fought on the Kokoda Track and at Gona.

  • HQ 3rd Division 2018

    24 April 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E15

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The HQ 3rd Division Association holds its annual pilgrimage at the Shrine on the eve of ANZAC Day. The Association remembers the service and sacrifice of its members at this time.

  • 3 Australian Division Signals (366 Club) Descendants with Greenhills Primary School 2018

    24 April 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C1

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Friends of the 15th Brigade - Villers Bretonneux Day 2018

    24 April 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B45

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Villers Bretonneux Day, April 24th, marks the successful counterattack and recapture of Villers Bretonneux in 1918. This action played a significant role in the overall defeat of the German attack launched in March 1918.

    A service is held annually by the Friends of the 15th Brigade on April 24th each year at the Shrine of Remembrance. The 15th Brigade, which had suffered dreadfully in the ANZACs first major action on the Western Front at Fromelles, together with the 13th Brigade, was instrumental in this action.

    Villers Bretonneux is today the main Australian site of commemoration in France.

  • ANZAC Day 2018

    25 April 2018, 6:00am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Shrine Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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    Attend the ANZAC Day dawn service to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian service men and women. On this day, we honour and reflect on the impact of war, conflict and peacekeeping operations in Australia’s history.

  • 2/14 Australian Field Regiment (8th Division) with Christ Church Grammar School 2018

    25 April 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D18

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 2/14 Australian Field Regiment will be joined by Christ Church Grammar School for the commemorative service. This is part of the Shrine's ongoing 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program, interested schools can contact the Shrine for further information.

  • 57/60 Battalion Association 2018

    29 April 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary and then at Memorial Tree C54

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The 57/60th Battalion (AIF) Association holds a small service each year to commemorate the service and sacrifice of its members. This service is traditionally held on the first Sunday following ANZAC Day. This tradition was born at the Association's first function, the first Sunday after ANZAC Day 1946, following the creation of the organisation in 1945.