Ceremonies Archive

  • Melbourne University Regiment Wreath Laying and Graduation Parade 2019

    6 October 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying & Graduation Parade on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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    The Regiment serves as an officer training unit in the Australian Army Reserve, with lineage dating back to 1884 as D Company 4th Battalion of the Victorian Rifles, when 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. As a training establishment they have never deployed as a fighting force, however MUR graduates have served in every major commitment of Australia's armed forces since Federation.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - October 2019

    6 October 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service honours Victorian servicemen and women from all branches of the Armed Forces. In particular, we remember Victorians who served during the First and Second World Wars, who once would have attended their annual Pilgrimage in this month, but due to the passage of time are no longer able to.

    In World War I, 89,000 Victorians served overseas. 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.
    In World War II, 297,000 Victorians served overseas. 10,900 made the supreme sacrifice.

    We will remember them.

  • Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women's Association of Victoria 2019

    9 October 2019, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Visitor's Centre

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    TBA

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    The Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen and Women's Association of Victoria was formed in 1926, providing welfare, advocacy, benefits and concessions to members of the veteran community.

  • 2/2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2019

    12 October 2019, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D10

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    TBA

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    The Regiment served in the Middle East, Papua New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War, providing heavy artillery support in defence of Australian held airspace.

  • RAN Recruits October 2019

    13 October 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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  • 2/14 Field Regiment with Christ Church Grammar 2019

    17 October 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The 2/14 Field Regiment was raised on 17 October 1940, initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, and later moved to Puckapunyal. They were stationed in New Guinea in 1944, providing necessary artillery support for the infantry and training; then moved to New Britain in January 1945 to relieve American troops and continue a limited offensive against the Japanese. At the end of the war the regiment moved to Rabual as a garrison force, where it was gradually stood down due to demobilisation, until they returned to Australia in 1946 to be disbanded.

    The 2/14 Field Regiment will be supported by students and staff of Christ Church Grammar, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - October 2019

    17 October 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    In the month of October, we commemorate the following occasions:

    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 captured 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 services were involved in this action. RAN ships escorted supplies and troops for the attack from across the Empire to Egypt whilst RAAF aircraft were invovled in ground attacks, anti-shipping strikes and provided fighter cover for the Allied advance. In the Army the 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 and Kowang San
    Australian infantry made 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 2019

    18 October 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree F01

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    HMAS Lismore was a Bathurst Class minesweeper built in Sydney and commissioned in 1941. She served during the Second World War with Battle Honours including Indian Ocean, Sicily, Pacific and Okinawa. She returned to Sydney in 1946 for decommission and transfer to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

    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 supported by students and staff of Berwick Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion 2019

    20 October 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Each year the 2/24 Australian Infantry Battalion 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 2019

    20 October 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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 2019

    25 October 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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

    Each year near to 23 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 Division Council will be supported by students and staff of Scotch College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Czechoslovak Ex-Servicemen's League 2019

    27 October 2019, 11:15am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree G60

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-branch Inc. 2019

    28 October 2019, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The Hellenic RSL Sub Branch was founded in the 1970's to promote the contribution of the Hellenes to Australian wartime and peace keeping service throughout history. The current President Mr Steve Kyritsis OAM has written two books highlighting the contribution of Greek Australians that fought as part of the Australian Military forces in the two World Wars and Vietnam War.

  • Remembering the Armistice of Mudros 2019

    31 October 2019, 11:45am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    This commemorative service marks the centenary of the coming into effect of the Armistice of Mudros at noon on the 31st October 1918. The Armistice was signed the previous day by representatives of the Entente Powers, represented by the British Admiral Arthur Calthorpe, and those of the Ottoman Empire. The negotiations and signing ceremony took place aboard the Royal Navy warship HMS Agamemnon anchored in Mudros Bay in the northern Aegean Island of Lemnos. The Armistice brought to an end the First World War across the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Just as HMAS Agamemnon had played a major role as part of the Naval forces in the Gallipoli campaign, so the Island of Lemnos had operated as an advance base throughout the campaign. For tens of thousands of Australian soldiers across the region, the First World War was now at an end