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  • Ceremony: HMAS Perth National Association Victorian Branch 2019

    Friday 1 March 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor :Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Association is open to any serving or ex-naval person who has served some time in any ship named HMAS PERTH, of which there have been three: D29, D38 and FFH157, with nine combined Battle Honours.

    www.hmasperth.asn.au

  • Ceremony: RAN Recruits March 2019

    Sunday 3 March 2019, 01:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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  • Ceremony: 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion Association with St. Bernard's College 2019

    Friday 8 March 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D35

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion was formed in June 1940 and raised in South Australia. B Company came from Victoria, C Company from Tasmania and D Company from Western Australia; in April 1941 they were united while onboard the troopship taking them to the Middle East.

    After initial service and fighting in Syria they were recalled to Australia but were caught in the Japanese advance in 1942, so were ordered to make a stand in Java among other Allied forces known as Blackforce (excluding B Company). After Dutch forces surrendered, Blackforce was ordered to lay down arms and survivors spent the rest of the war as prisoners, mostly working on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway. 139 men from the 2/3 died while prisoners.

    The remaining B Company moved around Australia before going to New Guinea to support the 6th Division's Aitape-Wewak campaign. Following Japan's surrender in August, 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion men were either discharged or transferred. In December the remaining members returned to Australia and in January 1946 the 2/3 was disbanded in Sydney.

    The Association will be supported by students and staff of St. Bernard's College, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Ceremony: RAEME Association 2019

    Sunday 10 March 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association preserves the memory of those who have died whilst on active service or at home and to perpetuate the comradeship created by previous or current serving members in any field of RAEME during war or peace.

  • Ceremony: 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion 2019

    Sunday 17 March 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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    The 14/32 Australian Infantry Battalion served during the Second World War, having been formed in September 1942 by the amalgamation of the 14th and 32nd Battalions. They first served in Australia and then later New Guinea, on garrison duties, and later deployed to New Britain to take part briefly in the Australian containment campaign on that island. In April 1945 they returned to Australia, being disbanded later that year without seeing further combat.

    The 14/32 Battalion will be supported by students and staff of St. Michael's Grammar School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program. This partnership fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association. 

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - March 2019

    Sunday 17 March 2019, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)

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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.