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  • Ceremony: Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2018

    Tuesday 11 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914 the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka after an engagement with German reservists and Melanesian police, making it the first Australian action of the First World War.

  • Ceremony: Russian ANZACs 2018

    Tuesday 11 September 2018, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B93

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    This service is held annually to honour those Australian-Russians who served in the First World War. More than 1,000 men born in Russia or born to Russian parents in Australia joined the AIF during the war. More than 300 would die and many more would be wounded. This service also honours the service and sacrifice of Russian soldiers during the Great War.

  • Ceremony: Submarines Association of Australia 2018

    Sunday 16 September 2018, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM

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    This service commemorates the loss of HMA Submarine AE1 and the involvement of HMA Submarine AE2 at the Dardanelles during the First World War.

  • Ceremony: Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association 2018

    Sunday 16 September 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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  • Ceremony: The Royal Air Forces Association (Battle of Britain) 78th Anniversary 2018

    Sunday 16 September 2018, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    This service commemorates the Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth contribution to an Allied victory.

    Between July and October 1940 as a prelude to a German seaborne invasion of Britain, the German air force mounted daily attacks on British airfields, radar stations and cities; competing for air superiority and mass civilian damage (The Blitz).

    Pilots from many countries fought in the battle, with 35 Australians among them, of which 10 were killed in action.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - September 2018

    Thursday 20 September 2018, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Life Governor Mr. Peter Whitelaw
    Shrine Governor Colonel John Coulson OAM RFD ED

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    In the month of September, we commemorate the following events:

    14 September 1914: Loss of HMA Submarine AE1
    The AE1 was lost without trace off the coast of German New Guinea in the early days of the First World War. In December 2017, after 103 years, it was relocated off the coast of the Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea.

    September 1941: The Siege of Tobruk, Libya
    A combined Australian/British force, which became known as the “Rats of Tobruk”, spent more than 6 months holding off the forces of the Afrika Korps, preventing them from advancing into Egypt and capturing the vital Suez Canal. They were relieved by fresh British and Polish forces in September 1941. 559 identified Australians are buried in the war cemetery at Tobruk.

    21 September 1971: Battle of Nui Le
    The last major battle fought by ANZAC troops in Vietnam saw 5 Australians killed and 24 wounded. Australian forces would withdraw from Vietnam in early December having won their battles but losing the war.