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  • Ceremony: Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2018

    Thursday 15 February 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    Membership of the Association is available to former prisoners of war and their relatives.

    Membership details can be obtained through the Association Secretary:

    Email: [email protected]
    Tel: (03) 9629 5365
    Mail: PO Box 2 Flinders Lane PO, Melbourne, VIC 8009

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2018

    Thursday 15 February 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    In the month of February we commemorate several actions that occurred in the Pacific theatre in the Second World War.

    8 February 1942: Invasion of Singapore
    The Japanese invasion, and subsequent capture, of ‘Fortress Singapore’ ranks as one of the darkest episodes of the Second World War. Despite putting up a fierce defence more than 15,000 men of the 8th Division became prisoners of war following the surrender of Singapore. Thousands of these men would die in Japanese Prisoner of War camps and more would suffer from injury and illness received in these camps for the rest of their lives.

    16 February 1942: Bangka Island Massacre
    Following the sinking of the Vyner Brooke, a merchant ship carrying medical personnel and wounded soldiers back to Australia, several dozen Australians escaped the sinking ship and landed on Bangka Island. Here Japanese forces would massacre the wounded soldiers and their medical carers leaving Sister Lieutenant Vivian Bullwinkel as the only survivor.

    28 February 1942: Sinking of HMAS Perth
    HMAS Perth, a Leander class light cruiser, was one of the most famous RAN ships of the Second World War. She established a tremendous record in the Mediterranean theatre before returning home to fight the Japanese in early 1942. She was sunk in company with the USS Houston following a night action against a much larger Japanese force off Sunda Strait.

    3-8 February 1943: The Battle of Wau
    The Battle of Wau was a pivotal moment in the Australian campaign against Japanese forces on New Guinea. With the help of RAAF ground attack aircraft regular Army and militia units were first able to defeat the Japanese attack on Wau then launch a counter-attack that marked the beginning of the end for Japanese forces on the island.

  • Ceremony: Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2018

    Monday 19 February 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt and Memorial Tree D57

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The attack on Darwin on 19 February 1942 by Japanese Forces was the first ever made by an enemy on Australian soil. In the first attack, which began just before 10am, bombers hit shipping, infrastructure and the town over a 25 minute onslaught. The second raid, which began around 11.45am, involved high altitude bombing of the Royal Australian Air Force base. The two raids killed 235 people with a further 300 to 400 wounded. 30 aircraft were destroyed, nine ships in harbour and two at sea were sunk, and some of the civil and military facilities in Darwin were destroyed.

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  • Ceremony: 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2018

    Sunday 25 February 2018, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B98

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor;Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    The 46th Australian Infantry Battalion was raised in 1916 for service during the First World War, serving on the Western Front with many Battle Honours before being disbanded in 1919. It was re-raised as a part-time unit of the Citizens Forces in 1921 and in 1927 adopted the title of the "Brighton Rifles", before becoming part of the Militia in 1929. During the Second World War the 46th served in a garrison role before being amalgamated with the 29th Battalion in August 1942 to form the 29th/46th Battalion.

  • Ceremony: 8RAR (VIC) Association, Long Hai Commemoration 2018

    Sunday 25 February 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post-45 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    Between 10 February and 9 March 1970, 8 Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) conducted Operation Hammersley, a reconnaissance operation in the Long Hai area during the Vietnam War. It was during this operation that 8RAR sustained the most fatal casualties of their service in Vietnam, mainly from mine fields.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2018

    Sunday 25 February 2018, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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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