Services

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

  • Australia Day Council 2019

    27 January 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    This service is held on the Sunday closest to Australia Day.

  • Australian Defence Force Academy Service 2019

    CANCELLED

    This service has been cancelled by the Defence Force and will not be held at the Shrine in 2019.

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  • RAN Recruits February 2019

    3 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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  • 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2019

    3 February 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/21 Infantry Battalion, part of 23 Brigade of 8 Division, began assembling at Trawool in central Victoria on 11 July 1940.

    Approximately half the recruits were from Melbourne and the rest from rural Victoria. Training was conducted at Trawool until 23 September when the battalion began to move to Bonegilla, near Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victoria border. It made the 235km journey on foot, arriving on 4 October. Training resumed and occupied the battalion until it commenced another move on 23 March 1941 for Darwin in the Northern Territory. It had been earmarked to reinforce Dutch troops on the island of Ambon in the event of a Japanese attack. Although military sense dictated the battalion should be deployed as early as possible, to prepare defences and train in the conditions in which it would fight, it was thought a premature deployment may provoke Japanese action. Thus, the battalion would be held in Darwin until Japan's intentions were clear.

  • 4th Light Horse Association 2019

    3 February 2019, 2:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 4th Light Horse Regiment was formed as the divisional cavalry regiment for the 1st Australian Division on 11 August 1914. Contrary to the stereotype, over 20 percent of the original regiment were city dwellers from Melbourne. The regiment sailed from Melbourne on 19 October 1914 and disembarked in Egypt on 10 December.

  • HMAS Voyager Association 2019

    10 February 2019, 10:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    HMAS Voyager (I) was an integral part of the Scrap Iron Flotilla, a fleet of five destroyers deployed to the Mediterranean at the outset of the Second World War. HMAS Voyager (I) was lost on 23 September 1942 after running aground at Betano Bay in Timor while disembarking troops.

    HMAS Voyager (II) was a Daring class destroyer commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy in 1957. The second HMAS Voyager was lost at sea on 10 February 1964 with the loss of 82 lives when it collided with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne.