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  • 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.

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service - September 2018

    Sunday 23 September 2018, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian
    Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Chris Le Marshall

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    This service is in memory of the Victorian servicemen and women who have served overseas or in Australia in all wars, in ships or units of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, or the Royal Australian Air Force.

    In particular, we remember the service of men and women who served in units from World War I and World War II 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.

  • Ceremony: 2/14 Battalion Association 2018

    Sunday 23 September 2018, 01:30pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Life Governor Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Lombardo

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    Raised on 26 April 1940 from mostly Victorian volunteers, the 2/14 Australian Infantry Battalion served in the Middle East and saw action during the invasion of Syria and Lebanon in 1941. After a brief return to Australia, they deployed to Papua New Guinea in 1942 and fought during the Kokoda Campaign. Their final offensive operation of the Second World War was the landings at Balikpapan, Borneo in July 1945; then 3 months later they formed part of the occupation forces on the Indonesian island of Celebes (present day Sulawesi). The battalion disbanded on 22 February 1946.

  • Ceremony: Trustees Remembrance Service 2018

    Tuesday 25 September 2018, 09:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

    Shrine Representatives:
    All available Trustees, Life Governors and Governors

    This Service is Closed to the Public

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  • Ceremony: Polygon Wood Service (Friends of the 15th Brigade) 2018

    Wednesday 26 September 2018, 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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    Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, a First ANZAC component within the third battle of Ypres that cost 5,770 Australian lives. The name is derived from a young plantation forest that lay along the First ANZAC axis of advance.

    On 25 September 1917, Australian troops of the 15th Brigade, while prepared for the upcoming operation, successfully fended off a German attack south of their position. However, their advance the next day began with uncertainty to the security of their flank.

    The British and dominion advance began at dawn on the 26th, with the 4th and 5th Divisions on the left and right of First ANZAC respectively. The infantry advanced behind a heavy artillery barrage and they secured most of their objectives without difficulty. To the south, the 15th Brigade, now reinforced by two battalions from the 8th, secured not only its own objectives but those allocated to the neighboring 98th British Brigade. The Germans launched several counter-attacks but these were thwarted by the heavy defensive artillery barrages.

  • Ceremony: Australian Commando Association 2018

    Sunday 30 September 2018, 12:30pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D49

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Major Maggie More RFD

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    The Australian Commando Association (Victoria) will hold their annual pilgrimage to the Shrine on the last Sunday of September, marking the establishment of the Commando cairn at Tidal River (Wilson’s Promontory), birthplace of the Australian Commandos.

    Victorian Commando veterans and their families unable to attend the cairn at Tidal River mark their special occasions at their memorial tree on the Shrine Reserve.