What's On

  • Ceremony: Legacy Remembrance Service 2018

    Saturday 1 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Trustee Wing Commander David Grierson OAM (Retd)
    Shrine Life Governor Colonel George Mackenzie OBE RFD

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     This service initiates Legacy Week.

  • Ceremony: Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2018

    Monday 3 September 2018, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Merchant Navy refers to a nation’s commercial shipping and crews, making it an essential element of any country’s ability to fight a war. Although not a branch of the Armed Forces, the Merchant Navy is often referred to and recognised as the Fourth Service. The Australian Merchant Navy ran the same wartime risks as the Royal Australian Navy, and suffered higher fatality rates than the fighting services in the Second World War.

  • Ceremony: Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) Association 2018

    Tuesday 4 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

    Association Requests Nil Assistance

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    This service is to commemorate the date in 1964 when the SAS Company was expanded to a regiment.

    The SASR is a Special Forces unit of the Australian Army that provides special operations capabilities in support of the Australian Defence Force. Their roles include: recovery, training assistance to local or Indigenous forces, reconnaissance, precision strikes, counter-terrorist capability, recovery of Australian citizens and humanitarian assistance. They are primarily structured to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance in small teams in enemy controlled territory, while commando units are utilised to conduct raids in larger groups.

  • Ceremony: RSL and Services Clubs Association 2018

    Tuesday 4 September 2018, 04:45pm

    This service will be held in 2019

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  • Ceremony: Battle for Australia 2018

    Wednesday 5 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt
    All School Students Welcome

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

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    This service honours the courage, sacrifice and service of Australians and their Allies who repulsed Japanese attacks on Australia during the Second World War. These include battles on the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, and other fiercely fought actions regarding the defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943.

    The RSL and the Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council campaigned for the official commemoration of a series of battles fought in 1942, as having collectively formed a Battle for Australia. In 2008 the Government proclaimed that commemorations would occur annually on the first Wednesday in September.

     

  • Ceremony: 2/33rd Battalion Association 2018

    Sunday 9 September 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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    Formed in the UK in June 1940 from Australian personnel that had arrived in Britain, the 2/33rd Infantry Battalion would see action in North Africa and the Pacific. Most prominently involved in fighting on the Kokoda Trail, they acted as the rearguard in the final Australian retreat to Imita Ridge before taking part in the pursuit of the Japanese back to the northern coast of Papua New Guinea.

     The 2/33rd Battalion returned to Port Moresby in late July 1943 in preparation for operations to capture Lae, in New Guinea. On 7 September, while waiting at Jackson’s Airfield at Moresby, a fully-loaded Liberator bomber crashed among the trucks carrying the battalion. 59 men were killed and 92 injured – a third of their fatal casualties for the entire war. This tragedy is remembered at this service, held annually on the second Sunday in September.