Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the commemorative services held at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2020

    19 February 2020, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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

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  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2021

    19 February 2021, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:

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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.