What's On - 15 December 2013

  • Exhibition: Bomber Command

    Saturday 5 October - Thursday 1 May

    Bomber Command was the branch of the Royal Air Force responsible for the strategic bombing of Germany during the Second World War (1939 - 45). Approximately 10,000 Australians served in the command, joining aircrews from Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and elsewhere. Read More

    Bomber Command was the branch of the Royal Air Force responsible for the strategic bombing of Germany during the Second World War (1939 - 45).  Approximately 10,000 Australians served in the command, joining aircrews from Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and elsewhere.  These Royal Australian Air Force airmen served primarily in the air - as pilots, engineers, navigators, wireless operators, observers and air gunners.  Although their numbers amounted to less than 2 per cent of Australia's Second World War enlistments, the 3,486 Australians killed flying with Bomber Command accounted for 20 per cent of this nation’s combat deaths during the war.

    Bomber Command is a Shrine of Remembrance temporary exhibition dedicated to the stories of the men, tasked with a grim duty, who risked their lives in the most dangerous campaign fought by Australians during the Second World War.  It features period photographs, plus the stories of individual airmen and squadrons.  Visitor’s will see original uniforms, equipment and keepsakes, plus a host of original art on loan from the Australian War Memorial.  


     

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  • Ceremony: HMAS Westralia Association with Great Ryrie Primary School 2013

    Sunday 15 December, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery of the Visitor Centre

    Shrine Representative: Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    Westralia Association will be joined by Great Ryrie 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.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - December 2013

    Sunday 15 December, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives: Shrine Trustee Dr. Helen Drennen; Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    This service is in memory of the Victorian service men and women who 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.

    The names of those who enlisted in Victoria and served overseas during the First World War are recorded in the books displayed in the ambulatory of this Shrine of Remembrance. They served in the Middle East, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in France, in German New Guinea and on the oceans of the world. 89,000 Victorians served overseas and 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.

    In the Second World War, 297,000 Victorians served overseas and 10,900 died. They served in many locations in the European, Middle Eastern and Pacific theatres.
    In later conflicts, Australians served in a wide variety of theatres, both as combatants and as peacekeepers, as the need arose. Many Australian men are women are currently serving overseas.

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