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  • Ceremony: RAN Recruits February 2019

    Sunday 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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  • Ceremony: 2/21 Battalion Gull Force 2019

    Sunday 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.

  • Ceremony: 4th Light Horse Association 2019

    Sunday 3 February 2019, 02:00pm

    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.

  • Ceremony: HMAS Voyager Association 2019

    Sunday 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. 

  • Ceremony: National Servicemen's Association 2019

    Sunday 10 February 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Western Precinct

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    Compulsory military training for the nation's young men was reintroduced in 1951, the third such scheme to have existed in Australia since Federation. Eighteen-year-old men were required to undergo the National Service scheme, consisting of 176 days of military training. Those who elected to undertake their training in the army could break up their training requirements into two period of 98 days in the regular army and 78 days in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF). Those who elected to undertake their training with the Royal Australian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force had to complete their 176 days in one stretch. The scheme was criticised as being irrelevant to modern defence needs, where skill was becoming more important than numbers, and for being a drain on the regular army's finances and manpower. In 1959 the scheme was abolished.

  • Ceremony: Royal Australian Armoured Corps Association 2019

    Sunday 10 February 2019, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM

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    The Royal Australian Armoured Corps is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the army. Units participate in a range of operations including offence, reconnaissance, and armoured infantry transport. Units are equipped with the Abrams Main Battle Tank, Australian Light Armoured Vehicle and Bushmaster family of vehicles.