Services

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

  • Australia Day Council 2018

    28 January 2018, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    This service is held on the Sunday closest to Australia Day. 

  • Australian Defence Force Academy Service 2018

    29 January 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2018

    4 February 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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

    Shrine Representative:
    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

    Shrine Representative:
    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.