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  • Ceremony: Ex-Prisoners of War & Relatives Association 2019

    Friday 15 February 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The Ex-Prisoners of War and Relatives Association (Victoria) Inc. has been providing support, companionship, relief and welfare for wartime prisoners of war (POWs), ex-POWs, civilian internees, their wives, widows and families since its inception in Little Collins Street in July 1942.

    The Association continues to welcome and connect families and friends of POWs. For membership enquiries email: [email protected]

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - February 2019

    Sunday 17 February 2019, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel David Ford CVO AM GM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service honours Victorian servicemen and women from all branches of the Armed Forces. In particular, we remember Victorians who served during the First and Second World Wars, who once would have attended their annual Pilgrimage in this month, but due to the passage of time are no longer able to.

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

    We will remember them. 

  • Ceremony: Darwin Defenders Commemoration 2019

    Tuesday 19 February 2019, 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: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - February 2019

    Thursday 21 February 2019, 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 February we commemorate several actions that occurred in the Pacific theatre in the Second World War.

    8 February 1942: The 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 POW 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 before launching a counter-attack that marked the beginning of the end for Japanese forces on the island. 

  • Ceremony: 46th Battalion Relatives and Friends Association 2019

    Sunday 24 February 2019, 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 raised again 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 AIB 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 2019

    Sunday 24 February 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    8 Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR) was formed in July 1966 as part of an expansion of the Australian Army in the mid-1960s due to the perceived threat of Communism in southeast Asia. Between 10 February and 9 March 1970 while conducting a reconnaissance mission (Operation Hammersley) around Long Hai, the Regiment sustained their most fatal casualties of their service in the Vietnam War.