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  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - April 2019

    Thursday 18 April 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 April we commemorate the following events:

    29 April 1915: Sinking of the AE2
    The Australian submarine AE2 was the first submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles. After five days scouting and harassing Turkish forces, the AE2 was attacked by Turkish gunboats. Following a brief fight, she was scuttled to prevent her capture.

    9 April 1942: Sinking of HMAS Vampire
    Having survived Japanese attacks on 'Z Force' - which saw the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Prince of Wales, sunk - HMAS Vampire's luck ran out in April 1942 when she was sunk along with the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes off the coast of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) by Japanese aircraft.

    23 April 1951: Battle of Kapyong
    The best known Australian action of the Korean War, the Battle of Kapyong saw 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment blunt the communist advance on Seoul. More than 17,000 Australians in the Army, Navy and Air Force would serve with the United Nations forces defending South Korea. 340 would lose their lives, and thousands more would serve in peacekeeping forces as late as 1957.

  • Ceremony: 2/14 Battalion Association 2019

    Wednesday 24 April 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C62

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Colonel Don Reid

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    The 2/14th Battalion was raised on 26 April 1940 and trained at Puckapunyal in Victoria. They embarked for service in the Middle East in October 1940 where they engaged the Vichy French, later remaining as part of the garrison in Syria and Lebanon until early January 1942. In August 1942 they arrived at Port Moresby in Papua, and were soon advancing along the Kokoda Trail to confront the rapidly advancing Japanese. They also participated in the operations at Gona in November and the Balikpapan landings. They formed part of occupation forces in the Celebes and disbanded in Brisbane on 22 February 1946.

  • Ceremony: HQ 3rd Division 2019

    Wednesday 24 April 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E15

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The HQ 3rd Division Association holds an annual pilgrimage on the eve of ANZAC Day, to remember the service and sacrifice of its members during a period that spans 1916 to 1991.

    The 3rd Division (infantry) of the Australian Army was formed during the First World War within the Australian Imperial Force. They served on the Western Front in France and Belgium, participating in the battles at Messines, Broodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens, and the St Quentin Canal.

    In the interwar years they operated within the Citizen Forces based in central Victoria, with fluctuating numbers caused by the Great Depression and peacetime operations.

    3rd Division mobilised for the Second World War in December 1941 in a defensive role before being deployed to New Guinea where they engaged the Japanese Forces between 1943–1944. In late 1944 they were sent to Bougainville where they advanced across the island until the conclusion of the war in August 1945.

    They disbanded in December 1945 but were later re-raised in 1948 as part of the Citizens Military Force. They served through the Cold War as a reserve formation until 1991 when the division was disbanded for a final time due to an Australian Army restructure.

  • Ceremony: 3 Australian Division Signals (366 Club) Descendants with Greenhills Primary School 2019

    Wednesday 24 April 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C1

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    The 3rd Division Signals were responsible for maintaining all forms of communications within the division, starting from the interwar period and into the Second World War.

    3 Australian Division Signals Descendants will be supported by students and staff of Greenhills Primary 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: Friends of the 15th Brigade - Villers Bretonneux Day 2019

    Wednesday 24 April 2019, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B58

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

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    An annual service is held by the Friends of the 15th Brigade on Villers Bretonneux Day (24 April) marking the successful counterattack and recapture of Villers Bretonneux in 1918. This action played a significant role in the overall defeat of the German attack launched in March 1918. The 15th Brigade, which had suffered dreadfully in the ANZAC's first major action on the Western Front at Fromelles, together with the 13th Brigade, was instrumental in this action.

    Villers Bretonneux has become the main Australian site of commemoration in France.

  • Ceremony: ANZAC Day 2019

    Thursday 25 April 2019, 06:00am

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Shrine Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

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    Attend the ANZAC Day dawn service to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian servicemen and women. On this day, we honour and reflect on the impact of war, conflict and peacekeeping operations in Australia's history.