Services

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

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - October 2017

    19 October 2017, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    October contains several significant dates relating to Australian involvement in the First World War, the Second World War and the Korean War. These include:

    31 October 1917: Battle of Beersheba
    The 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade executed a successful mounted charge against entrenched Turkish forces at Beersheba. By defying prevailing military doctrine which held that rapid-fire weapons had signaled the end of the mounted warrior, the Australian Light Horse struck the decisive blow at the Battle of Beersheba and secured a place in military history.

    1 October 1918: Capture of Damascus
    The Australian Light Horse captures Damascus in Syria, in the final act of a long campaign to defeat the Turkish and German forces in the Middle East.

    23 October 1942: Battle of El Alamein
    The Battle of El Alamein in the Western Desert is considered one of the turning points of the Second World War. All three Australian forces were involved in this action, RAN ships escorted supplies and troops for the attack from across the Empire to Egypt whilst RAAF aircraft were involved in ground attacks, anti-shipping strikes and provided fighter cover for the Allied advance. In the Army 9th Division, famed for its defence of Tobruk in 1941, was one of the best performed Allied units of the campaign, taking several key positions during the battle and inflicting heavy casualties on Afrika Korps forces.

    3-8 October 1951: Battles of Maryang San & Kowang San
    Australian infantry makes a successful attack on Chinese positions in Korea, taking and holding two crucial hills in the face of fierce opposition.

  • HMAS Lismore with Berwick Primary School 2017

    20 October 2017, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F1b

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    HMAS Lismore was a Bathurst Class minesweeper commissioned in 1941 and served during the Second World War. She was decommissioned in 1946. In October 2007 a plaque dedicated to HMAS Lismore was unveiled at the Shrine of Remembrance for the inaugural annual service held to honour those who served on her.

    The HMAS Lismore Association will be joined by Berwick Primary 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.

    The RAN History website has more information on the HMAS Lismore: http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas_lismore

  • 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion 2017

    22 October 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    Each year the Association commemorates the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October- 5 November 1942) with a service at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • 2/4th Field Regiment Association 2017

    22 October 2017, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    Raised in 1940, with many of its men and officers drawn from the 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade based in St. Kilda, Melbourne, the 2/4th Field Regiment would go on to fight in North Africa and the Pacific.

  • 9th Division Council with Scotch College 2017

    27 October 2017, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 9th Division fought in four major campaigns during the Second World War - the Siege of Tobruk in 1941, the El Alamein battles in 1942, the Huon Peninsula operations in New Guinea in 1943, and the landings in British North Borneo in 1945.

    Each year on 23rd October a service is held to mark the beginning of the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October - 5 November 1942), a battle which marked the beginning of the end for Axis forces in North Africa.

    The 9th Australian Division Council will be joined by Scotch College 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.

  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-Branch Inc. 2017

    28 October 2017, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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