Services

Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the commemorative services held at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • 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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    TBA

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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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    TBA

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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.