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  • Ceremony: 2/29 Battalion AIF Association 2018

    Sunday 14 January 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 2/29 Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in Victoria in 1940 for service in the Second World War. They participated in the Malayan Campaign, fighting delaying actions around Bakri and Muar, eventually withdrawing to Singapore to fight in the defence (February 1942). The Battalion were captured when the garrison capitulated and they spent the duration of the war as prisoners, being moved around different camps including the infamous Changi prison. 582 members of the 2/29 AIB were killed in action or died in captivity, with 143 wounded in action.

    This Service is held on the closest Sunday to 17 January as the anniversary of their first action.


  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - January 2018

    Thursday 18 January 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    In the month of January, we commemorate the following events:

    9 January 1917: Light Horse captures Rafa
    The Allies, led by the ANZAC Mounted Division, took the Turkish outpost of Rafa on the Egypt-Palestine border. Together with the earlier capture of Magdhaba this action provided the Allies a secure base for their advance into Palestine.

    3-5 January 1941: Battle of Bardia
    The attack and capture of the Italian held city of Bardia, Libya marked the beginning of Australia's first major ground campaign of the Second World War.

    9 January 1966: Operation Crimp, Vietnam
    1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment was involved in heavy fighting in Viet Cong tunnels during Operation Crimp.

  • Ceremony: 2/22 Battalion Lark Force Association 2018

    Sunday 21 January 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 2/22 AIB was raised in July 1940 and initially headquartered at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne. They arrived in Rabaul (New Britain) on 26 April 1941 and combined with the local New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, a coastal defence battery, an anti-aircraft battery and elements of 2/10 Field Ambulance and 17 Anti-tank Battery to form Lark Force. The “Bird Forces” were deployed to protect vulnerable coastal areas and airbases, with Lark Force operating at the Lakunai and Vunakanau airbases.
    After Japanese bombing of New Britain in January 1942 destroyed most of their assets, Lark Force withdrew from Rabaul and awaited the inevitable Japanese landings. Overwhelmed by superior numbers of Japanese troops and unprepared for an ordered retreat, Lark Force disintegrated and attempted to escape.
    Approximately 160 Australians captured were massacred at Tol Plantation and another 836 were interned as prisoners, some of whom were killed in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru transport ship.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - January 2018

    Sunday 21 January 2018, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Chairman of Trustees Air Vice Marshal Chris Spence AO (Retd)
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    The Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service honours Victorian servicemen and women from all branches of the Armed Forces. This service focuses on the Victorians who served during the First and Second World Wars.

    In the First World War, 89,000 Victorians served overseas. 19,000 made the supreme sacrifice.
    In the Second World War, 297,000 Victorians served overseas. 10,900 made the supreme sacrifice.

    We will remember them

  • Ceremony: ADF Australia Day 21 Gun Salute 2018

    Friday 26 January 2018, 12:00pm

    Artillery Salute on the Forecourt

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    Australia Day has evolved from a small commemorative New South Wales holiday into a major national celebration. Australia Day is the most inclusive celebration of a national day in Australia, expressing the national diversity which has become such an important part of the Australian national character. Australia Day celebrates diversity and tolerance in Australian society. It is commemorated on this day each year with a 21-gun salute fired from the Shrine's Lower Forecourt by the Royal Australian Artillery.

    Note: The salute is extremely loud and it is recommended visitors with small children or pets maintain an appropriate distance from the guns.


  • Ceremony: Order of Australia Association 2018

    Friday 26 January 2018, 04:30pm

    Wreath Laying and Flag Lowering Service on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Victoria Branch of the Order of Australia Association was formally established on the 14th of February 1981 to unite talented and hard-working Victorians and to support the aim of the Order of Australia Association to “foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship”.
    In 2015 Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria became the Patron of the Victoria branch.