Ceremonies Archive

  • Melbourne Legacy Student's Service 2019

    3 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:

    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice-Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    Legacy is a charity supporting the families of Australia’s incapacitated and deceased veterans, during or after their Defence Force service. The Legacy Student Service facilitates the participation of thousands of students in a commerorative event close to ANZAC Day, as 25 April is a public holiday.

  • XLI Club 2019

    4 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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  • HMAS Vampire 2019

    7 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    HMAS Vampire (I) was a Second World War Destroyer, sunk on 9 April 1942 by Japanese aircraft with the loss of nine crew. The third RAN ship to bear the name Vampire is now a museum ship in Sydney's Darling harbour.

  • Loyal Orange Institute of Australia 2019

    7 April 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Loyal Orange Institution of Victoria was established in 1843 as a society composed of Protestants who support and defend the Protestant faith, the laws of the State, and according to law the rightful sovereign being Protestant. The Institution takes its title in honour of King William III, Prince of Orange (1650-1702) because of his achievements for the Protestant faith and civil and religious liberty.

  • Maltese Australian Association (George Cross Award Day) 2019

    14 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    The Australian-Maltese community holds an annual service of remembrance to acknowledge the award of the George Cross to the island of Malta by King George VI in a letter dated 15 April 1942. The award was given to "bear witness to the heroism and devotion of its people" during the tremendous hardships suffered in the early days of the Second World War.

  • 2/4th Australian General Hospital 2019

    14 April 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian

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    The 2/4 Australian General Hospital were the 4th such unit to be raised for service during the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1945 some 43,000 casualties were treated at Tobruk, Redbank, Jerusalem, Colombo and Labuan where the 2/4th were operating.

  • Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - April 2019

    18 April 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of April we commemorate the following events:

    29 April 1915: Sinking of the AE2
    The Australian submarine AE2 was the first submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles. After five days scouting and harassing Turkish forces, the AE2 was attacked by Turkish gunboats. Following a brief fight, she was scuttled to prevent her capture.

    9 April 1942: Sinking of HMAS Vampire
    Having survived Japanese attacks on 'Z Force' - which saw the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Prince of Wales, sunk - HMAS Vampire's luck ran out in April 1942 when she was sunk along with the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes off the coast of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) by Japanese aircraft.

    23 April 1951: Battle of Kapyong
    The best known Australian action of the Korean War, the Battle of Kapyong saw 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment blunt the communist advance on Seoul. More than 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea. 340 would lose their lives, and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

  • 2/14 Battalion Association 2019

    24 April 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C62

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14th Battalion was raised on 26 April 1940 and trained at Puckapunyal in Victoria. They embarked for service in the Middle East in October 1940 where they engaged the Vichy French, later remaining as part of the garrison in Syria and Lebanon until early January 1942. In August 1942 they arrived at Port Moresby in Papua, and were soon advancing along the Kokoda Trail to confront the rapidly advancing Japanese. They also participated in the operations at Gona in November and the Balikpapan landings. They formed part of occupation forces in the Celebes and disbanded in Brisbane on 22 February 1946.

  • HQ 3rd Division 2019

    24 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E15

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The HQ 3rd Division Association holds an annual pilgrimage on the eve of ANZAC Day, to remember the service and sacrifice of its members during a period that spans 1916 to 1991.

    The 3rd Division (infantry) of the Australian Army was formed during the First World War within the Australian Imperial Force. They served on the Western Front in France and Belgium, participating in the battles at Messines, Broodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens, and the St Quentin Canal.

    In the interwar years they operated within the Citizen Forces based in central Victoria, with fluctuating numbers caused by the Great Depression and peacetime operations.

    3rd Division mobilised for the Second World War in December 1941 in a defensive role before being deployed to New Guinea where they engaged the Japanese Forces between 1943–1944. In late 1944 they were sent to Bougainville where they advanced across the island until the conclusion of the war in August 1945.

    They disbanded in December 1945 but were later re-raised in 1948 as part of the Citizens Military Force. They served through the Cold War as a reserve formation until 1991 when the division was disbanded for a final time due to an Australian Army restructure.

  • 3 Australian Division Signals (366 Club) Descendants with Greenhills Primary School 2019

    24 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C1

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    The 3rd Division Signals were responsible for maintaining all forms of communications within the division, starting from the interwar period and into the Second World War.

    3 Australian Division Signals Descendants will be supported by students and staff of Greenhills 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. 

  • Friends of the 15th Brigade - Villers Bretonneux Day 2019

    24 April 2019, 1:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree, 58th Battalion

    Shrine Representatives:

    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    An annual service is held by the Friends of the 15th Brigade on Villers Bretonneux Day (24 April) marking the successful counterattack and recapture of Villers Bretonneux in 1918. This action played a significant role in the overall defeat of the German attack launched in March 1918. The 15th Brigade, which had suffered dreadfully in the ANZAC's first major action on the Western Front at Fromelles, together with the 13th Brigade, was instrumental in this action.

    Villers Bretonneux has become the main Australian site of commemoration in France.

  • ANZAC Day 2019

    25 April 2019, 6:00am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Shrine Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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    Attend the ANZAC Day dawn service to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian servicemen and women. On this day, we honour and reflect on the impact of war, conflict and peacekeeping operations in Australia's history.

  • 2/14 Australian Field Regiment (8th Division) with Christ Church Grammar School 2019

    25 April 2019, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D18

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14th Australian Field Regiment was an Australian Army artillery unit that served during the Second World War, within the 8th Division. Raised in 1940 they remained in Darwin as a garrison force at a time when the division's infantry brigades were deployed to Southeast Asia to counter the Japanese threat. They deployed overseas in late 1943 once the threat to the Australian mainland had subsided. The 2/14th supported the 5th Division's operations on New Guinea throughout 1944 before accompanying them to New Britain in early 1945, where they engaged Japanese forces on the island until the end of the war, at which point they undertook garrison duties on Rabaul as part of the 11th Division, before returning home and disbanding in January 1946.

    The 2/14 Australian 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.

  • 22 Squadron with Corpus Christi Primary School 2019

    26 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B106

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    22 Squadron (City of Sydney) RAAF was formed in 1936. They began the Second World War as a training unit covering army support and towing targets for anti-aircraft practice. In 1941 the unit was equipped with Anson and Wirraway aircraft and flew seaward patrols along the eastern seaboard. By November 1942 the unit had moved to Port Moresby in New Guinea and was equipped with Boston light bombers and Beaufighters to conduct anti-shipping and ground support through the Pacific theatre and on to the Philippines.

    The Squadron disbanded on 15 August 1946, but was reformed in 1948 and still operates today in non-flying support roles.

    The 22 Squadron will be supported by students and staff of Corpus Christi 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. 

  • RAN Recruits April 2019

    28 April 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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  • Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - April 2019

    28 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright
    Shrine Trustee Roger C F Clifton JP

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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 anual Pilgrimage in this month, but due to the passage fo 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.

  • 57/60 Battalion Association 2019

    28 April 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 57/60 Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army which served during the Second World War. Formed in 1930 as part of the Militia they amalgamated the 57th and 60th Battalions and were assigned to the 15th Brigade 3rd Division in Victoria. At the start of the war they served a garrison role in Australia before being deployed to New Guinea in 1943, where they served for 18 months before returning to Australia. In April 1945 they participated in the advance towards Buin town on the southern sector of Bougainville island (PNG). The battalion disbanded in March 1946.

    The 57/60 Battalion Association was formed in 1945 and held their inaugural service on the first Sunday following ANZAC Day in 1946.