Commemorating the Centenary of Gallipoli
ANZAC Day, originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915, has grown to become perhaps the most important national day in Australia. In addition to recognising the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in war or on peacekeeping operations ANZAC Day has become core to the identity of Australia itself, a day on which Australians reflect on the ANZAC spirit and its place in Australia today.
This Anzac Day marks an important milestone: the centenary of the Gallipoli ANZAC landing on the 25th April, 1915. 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.
6am Dawn Service (MC pre-amble starts from 5.40am)
On the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, join millions across the world to honour Australian service and sacrifice. One minute of silence will be observed. It is recommended that visitors assemble on the Shrine Forecourt between 4am - 5am. Click here to download a site map for the Dawn Service.
The Eastern Visitor Centre Courtyard and the Education Centre Courtyard will be reserved for persons with mobility, sight and hearing impairments. To reserve a space please contact the Shrine on 9661 8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the number of spaces, seating requirements and the nature of impairment.
The Sanctuary will be open to the public from 6.45 – 7.45am and 2.30 – 5pm.
8.15am Official Wreath Laying Service
Assemble at 7.45am.
9am ANZAC Day March (Disabled veterans in cars lead off at 8.35am)
Thousands of veterans, their descendants and current serving personnel will march down St Kilda Road, starting at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets and concluding at the Shrine of Remembrance. Unit wreaths will be laid at the Shrine progressively during the March which will conclude at approximately 1.30pm.
At the conclusion of the March a service will take place on the Shrine Forecourt.
Other Events and Activities at the Shrine on Anzac Day
The Anzac battlefield: landscape of war and memory
Shrine Visitor Centre (7am - 5pm)
The enduring fascination with Gallipoli is explored in this exclusive exhibition which presents some 100 items recovered from the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli battlefield (2010 – 14) supported by the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish governments. Historical and geographical context is provided by maps and engravings on loan from the University of Melbourne, the Mehmet Ugurlu print collection and the Turkish Naval Forces Command. More information.
Galleries of Remembrance
Enter via Shrine Visitor Centre (7am - 5pm, last admission 4.30pm)
The Shrine's $45m redevelopment was completed in November 2014 with the opening of 1,600 square metres of exhibition space beneath the Shrine. Featuring over 800 objects from Pre-Federation to the present day. More information.
Gallipoli From Above
Film screening in the Shrine Auditorium at 9.00am, 11.00am, 2.00pm
This one-hour documentary follows the Australian officers who planned the landing at Anzac Cove and the aircrew whose flimsy flying machines brought back the much needed information on which those plans were based. Writer and Director, Wain Fimeri, will join us to introduce the film. These screenings are free but bookings are essential. Book online or call 03 9661 8100.
Public Transport Information
Veterans, ex-service personnel and war widows enjoy free travel on the Victorian public transport network on April 24, 25 and 26 every year. This Victorian Government initiative helps veterans to meet fellow diggers during the ANZAC Day period. To qualify for free travel, veterans and war widows simply need to travel with one of the following forms of identification:
• wear their uniform
• wear their service medals
• wear an ex-services association or returned from active service or war widows badge
• present their DVA Gold or White card
• present their Category ‘V’ Victorian Public Transport Concession Card.
Free buses will run between selected RSLs and the suburbs to the Shrine of Remembrance for the Dawn Service on Saturday 25 April 2015. This service is available to all members of the public, however bookings are essential. Visit the PTV website for more information.
For Train, Tram and Bus information call 1800 800 007 or visit http://ptv.vic.gov.au/anzac2015
Special early tram services will commence between 4.30am - 5am; please visit www.yarratrams.com.au for more details.
Visit the Anzac Centenary website for information on metro road closures and changes to public transport services.
Find out more
Click here to find out more about the ANZACs and the meaning behind ANZAC Day.
Access to the ANZAC Day dedicated media zones is only permitted with a pre-approved Media Zone Pass, as allocated by the Shrine of Remembrance. Registrations for Media Zone passes are now closed. Approved applicants will be notified and must collect passes no later than 5PM Wednesday 22 April 2015. Media Zone Passes are not transferrable. Please note the following Media Zone Rules (PDF).