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

  • Submarines Association of Australia 2020

    13 September 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    This service commemorates the First World War service and losses of HMA Submarines AE1 and AE2.

    AE1 deployed with a RAN fleet to occupy Germany's possessions in the South-West Pacific and to counter German naval threats. On 14 September 1914, AE1 and her 35 crew vanished without a trace and with no signs of enemy engagement. It wasn't until 2017 that She was located on the seabed off Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea. 

    AE2 began operations in the Dardanelles campaign in February 1915 before being tasked to force a passage through the heavily defended Dardanelles Strait in April, coinciding with the Gallipoli landings. Battling past shore batteries, enemy ships, minefields and natural obstacles She eventually made it through to the Sea of Marmora and began engaging enemy shipping.  This morale boosting news has been credited with influencing the Allied decision to remain on the Gallipoli peninsula and perservere. Her luck ran out on 30 April 1915 after an enemy torpedo boat attack disabled the engine room, compounding her recent inability to dive. She was scuttled with no loss of life and her crew became prisoners for the duration of the war. The wreck was discovered in 1998.