Ceremonies Archive

  • HMAS Perth National Association, Victorian Branch 2018

    1 March 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    The Association is open to any serving or ex-naval person who has served some time in any ship named HMAS PERTH, of which there have been three: D29, D38 and FFH157, with nine combined Battle Honours.

    www.hmasperth.asn.au

  • RAEME Association (1) 2018

    4 March 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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  • RAN Recruits March 2018

    4 March 2018, 1:00pm

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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  • 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association with St. Bernard's College 2018

    9 March 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35b

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association will be joined by St. Bernard's College for the commemorative service, as part of the Shrine's ongoing 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program.

    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion was formed in June 1940 and raised in South Australia. B Company came from Victoria, C Company came from Tasmania and D Company came from Western Australia; in April 1941 they were united while onboard the troopship taking them to the Middle East.

    After initial service and fighting in Syria they were recalled to Australia but were caught in the Japanese advance in 1942, so were ordered to make a stand in Java among other Allied forces known as Blackforce (excluding B Company). After Dutch forces surrendered, Blackforce was ordered to lay down arms and survivors spent the rest of the war as prisoners, mostly working on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway. 139 men from the 2/3rd died while prisoners.

    The remaining B Company moved around Australia before going to New Guinea to support the 6th Division's Aitape-Wewak campaign. Following Japan's surrender in August, 2/3 Battalion men were either discharged or transferred. In December the remaining members returned to Australia and in January 1946 the 2/3 was disbanded in Sydney.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - March 2018

    15 March 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    In March, we commemorate the following important dates.

    17 March 1917: Capture of Bapaume

    29 March 1941: Battle of Matapan
    This naval engagement, fought off the coast of Greece, involved HMA ships Perth, Vendetta and Stuart in a battle which saw the loss of five Italian ships and gave the Allies control of the seas surrounding Greece and Crete for several months.

    21 March 1942 : Air Battle for Port Moresby
    The air battle for Port Moresby began in March with Japanese forces attempting to sink Allied shipping and restrict supplies to Australian forces. Australian, Dutch and American aircraft fought a bitter battle in the skies over New Guinea for the next few months.

  • 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion 2018

    17 March 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion will be joined by St. Michael's Grammar School for the commemorative service, as part of the Shrine's 'Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation' program.

  • ILIM College of Australia 2018

    18 March 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    A service will be conducted at the Shrine of Remembrance on the anniversary of ILIM College's Walk of Harmony in 2016. This project sought to bring together students from the Turkish Islamic, Catholic and State schools from the Broadmeadows area to walk in the steps of the young men of the past. As part of the ANZAC Day commemorations, students visited the shores of Gallipoli to pay their respects to the soldiers who fought there.

  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - March 2018

    18 March 2018, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Michelle Campbell
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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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.

  • Returned & Services League of Australia, Hellenic Sub-Branch Inc. 2018

    24 March 2018, 1:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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  • Greek National Day 2018

    25 March 2018, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    This annual Service is held to commemorate the involvement of Australian men and women serving in the Greek Campaign in the Second World War and the relationship with our Greek Allies. The Service also honours the many Greek-Australians who have served in the Australian Defence Forces over many years.