Ceremonies Archive

  • 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2020

    2 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The 2/21 Infantry Battalion, part of 23 Brigade of 8 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 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 2020

    2 February 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 percent 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. 

  • National Servicemen's Association 2020

    9 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Gallery

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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 shceme was abolished. 

  • Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association 2020

    9 February 2020, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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    The Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the army. RAAC units are able to participate in a range of operations including direct attacks, reconnaissance, and armoured mobility to infantry. Units of the RAAC are equipped with the Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) family of vehicles or the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) and Bushmaster (PMV) family of vehicles.

  • HMAS Voyager Association 2020

    10 February 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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 the Second World War. HMAS Voyager (I) was lost on 23rd September 1942 after running aground at Betano Bay whilst disembarking troops. 

    HMAS Voyager (II) was a Daring class destroyer commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1957. 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.

  • Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2020

    15 February 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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: [email protected]
    Tel: (03) 9629 5365
    Mail: PO Box 2, Flinders Lane PO, Melbourne VIC 8009

  • RAEME Association 2020

    16 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2020

    16 February 2020, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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.

  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2020

    19 February 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2020

    20 February 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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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: The 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 and 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 the HMAS Perth
    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 before launching a counter-attack that marked the beginning of the end for Japanesen forces on the island.

  • 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2020

    23 February 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B98

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    The 46th Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in 1916 for service during the First World War, serving on the Western Front with many battle honours before being disbanded in 1919. It was re-raised as a part-time unit of the Citizens Force in 1921 and in 1927 adopted the title of the 'Brighton Rifles', before becoming part of the Militia in 1929. During the Second World War the 46th served in a garrison role before being amalgamated with the 29th Battalion in August 1942 to form the 29/46 Battalion. 

  • 8RAR (VIC) Association, Long Hai Commemoration 2020

    23 February 2020, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post-45 Memorial

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