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

  • Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2020

    11 September 2020, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914, the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka after an engagement with German reservists and Melanesian police, making it the first Australian action of the First World War.