Ceremonies Archive

  • 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2021

    7 February 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 soon 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 2021

    7 February 2021, 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. Contrary to the stereotype, 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. 

  • HMAS Voyager Association 2021

    10 February 2021, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    HMAS Voyager (I) was an integral of the Scrap Iron Flotilla, a fleet of five destroyers deployed to the Mediterranean at the outset of the Second World War. HMAS Voyager (I) was lost on 23 September 1942 after running aground at Betano Bay in Timor while disembarking troops. 

    HMAS Voyager (II) was a Daring class destroyer commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1957. The second HMAS Voyager was lost at sea on 10 February with the loss of 82 lives when it collided with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. 

  • RAEME Association 2021

    14 February 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    TBA

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    The Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association preserves the memory of those who have died whilst on active service or at home, and to perpetuate the comradeship created by previous or current serving members in any field of RAEME during war or peace. 

  • National Servicemen's Association 2021

    14 February 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Precinct

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    Compulsory military training for the nation's young men was reintroduced in 1951, the third such scheme to have existed in Australia since Federation. Eighteen-year-old men were required to undergo the National Service scheme, consisting of 176 days of military training. Those who elected to undertake their training in the army could break up their training requirements into two periods of 98 days in the regular army and 78 days in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF). Those who elected to undertake their training with the Royal Australian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force 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. 

  • Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association 2021

    14 February 2021, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Royal Australian Armorued Corps is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the army. Units participate in a range of operations including offense, reconnaissance, and armoured infantry transport. Units are equipped with the Abrams Main Battle Tank, Australian Light Armoured Vehicle and Bushmaster family of vehicles. 

  • Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2021

    15 February 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Ex-Prisoners of War and Relatives Association (Victoria) Inc. has been providing support, companionship, relief and welfare for wartime prisoners of war (POWs), ex-POWs, civilian internees, their wives, widows and families since its inception in Little Collins Street in July 1942.

    The Association continues to welcome and connect families and friends of POWs. For membership enquiries visit: [email protected]

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2021

    18 February 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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    The Shrine Monthly Memorial Service commemorates notable moments, battles and operations from Australia's military history. The wreath laid at this service honours events that have taken place in this month. 

  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2021

    19 February 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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    TBA

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    The attack on Darwin on 19 February 1942 by Imperial Japan was the first attack ever made by an enemy on Australian soil. The devastating attack by 242 Japanese aircraft sank 8 and damaged 15 of the 45 ships in the harbour. 23 aircraft were destroyed and an estimated 900 people killed with many hundreds injured. A further 64 bombing raids were conducted through to 12 November 1943, but strict censorship was imposed on all information regarding the air raids, to keep the demoralising news out of the public sphere. 

    This service commemorates the 200,000 Australans who served in Darwin during the Second World War, and those who lost their lives. 

  • 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2021

    21 February 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B98

    Shrine Representative:
    TBA

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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 raised again as a part-time unit of the Citizen's Forces 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 AIB served in a garrison role before being amalgamated with the 29th Battalion in August 1942 to form the 29th/46th Battalion. 

  • The 70th Anniversary of the Raising of the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps

    21 February 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E02

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor; TBA

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2021

    21 February 2021, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    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.

  • 8RAR (Vic) Association, Long Hai Commemoration 2021

    28 February 2021, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

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    TBA

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    8 Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) was formed in July 1966 as part of an expansion of the Australian Army in the mid-1960s due to the perceived threat of Communism in southeast Asia. Between 10 February and 9 March 1970 while conducting a reconnaissance mission (Operation Hammersley) around Long Hai, the Regiment sustained their most fatal casualties of their service in the Vietnam War.