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  • Ceremony: WRAAC Association including AWAS Service 2019

    Sunday 5 May 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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     The Women’s Royal Australian Army Corp (WRAAC) was established on 12 February 1951 to cover a manpower shortage due to the Korean War and national service. Previously women had served in the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) during the Second World War from August 1941 until June 1947. The WRAAC Reserve Association (Victoria) was founded in August 1976 with the desire to promote social functions for former members of 8/3 WRAAC Company, in November 2007 the name was changed to WRAAC Association (Victoria) Inc. Women who have or are serving in the Australian Military Forces may join the association to participate in social events, ceremonies and comradeship.

  • Ceremony: The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service 2019

    Sunday 5 May 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    The Battle of Coral Sea Commemoration Service honours the major naval battle of the Second World War between the Imperial Japanese Navy and joint United States and Australian Forces. It is attended by the Australian American Association Victoria, the American Ex-Serviceman's Association and the Naval Commemoration Committee.

  • Ceremony: HMAS Castlemaine with Tecoma Primary School 2019

    Monday 6 May 2019, 10:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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    The HMAS Castlemaine is a Second World War Corvette with Battle Honours including Darwin, The Pacific and New Guinea. Following decommission into reserve as a training ship, she has been preserved as a museum ship since 1973, berthed in Williamstown Victoria.

    The HMAS Castlemaine Association will be supported by students and staff of Tecoma Primary School, as participants in the Shrine's Adopt an Ex-Service Organisation program that fosters relationships and enables schools to carry on the legacy of their chosen Association.

  • Ceremony: Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) incorporating the Friends of the Odd Bods Association 2019

    Wednesday 8 May 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Forecourt

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD 

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    This State Remembrance Service is held by the RSL in conjunction with the Friends of the Odd Bods Association to commemorate the Second World War victory in Europe.

    On 7 May 1945 the German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts, just a week after the death of Adolf Hitler, ending the war in Europe. The surrender was to take effect at midnight on 8-9th May 1945, with 8 May being declared VE (Victory in Europe) Day. 

    Australians joined wholeheartedly in the celebrations, with Australian prisoners of war in European camps liberated and Australian sailors and aircrew beginning to return home. But the celebration was tempered by the knowledge that the war in the Pacific was still to be won, and the mood across the country remained sombre. Churches held thanksgiving services and on 9 May 100,000 people attended the service at the Shrine of Remembrance.

  • Ceremony: 6th Battalion Association - Krithia Day 2019

    Wednesday 8 May 2019, 01:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative: 
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw

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    Aimed at capturing the heights of Achi Baba the Second Battle of Krithia was fought between 6 and 8 May 1915 on the Gallipoli peninsula. The Australian 2nd Brigade (5, 6, 7 and 8 Battalions) were released from ANZAC Cove to reinforce the British and French making the assault from Cape Helles. During the ill-fated battle, 6 Battalion suffered casualties of 15 officers and 222 other ranks. This action is commemorated by the 6th Battalion Association each year on 8 May.

  • Ceremony: 2/3 Australian Pioneer Battalion Association 2019

    Sunday 12 May 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    The 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion was raised in May 1940 at Glenfield NSW, and after a period of training arrived in Egypt in November 1940. In January 1942 the Battalion moved to Syria and became attached to the 9th Division, who they were with for the rest of the war. As fighting intensified around El Alamein (Egypt) in July 1942 the 9th Division was rushed from Syria to reinforce the line, where they played a prominent role in the heavy fighting until victory was achieved in November. Following this the 9th Division was recalled to Australia to face the Japanese threat, and the 2/3rd returned to Australia in early 1943 for a period of leave and jungle training before returning to action against the Japanese in New Guinea. The 2/3rd returned to Australia in January 1946 where they were disbanded shortly after.