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

  • Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2019

    19 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt and Memorial Tree D57

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    The attack on Darwin on 19 February 1942 by the Japanese 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 November 12 1943, but strict censorship was imposed on all information regarding the air raids, and all official documents were stamped "Not to be released until 1995". Around 200,000 Australians served in Darwin during the Second World War, and through this ceremony, we give them the recognition and respect they have earned for their efforts in the defence of their country and its people.