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  • Exhibition: Changed forever

    Wednesday 11 September 2019 - Friday 30 April 2021

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    In Changed forever, stories of migrants who have resettled in Australia from war-torn countries are presented beside those of recent veterans of overseas service in the Australian Defence Force. This moving exhibition explores the impacts of global and civil conflict in changing lives and shaping contemporary Australia.

    All have been redefined by the emotional and physical dislocation of war, and seek to reconcile this with their new lives.

    Enhanced with art, objects, photographs, audio-visuals and interactives, their personal stories reflect the range and depth of experiences in conflict and life post war.

    Changed forever will tour these venues:

    11 September – October 2019 Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
    24 October – 1 December 2019 Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn
    February – March 2020 RSL Memorial Hall, Bendigo
    April – May 2020 Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston 
    8 August – 18 October 2020 Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Lilydale
    April 2021 Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough

    Email [email protected] to discuss the possibility of hosting this exhibition at your venue.

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    Changed Forever is supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.

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  • Ceremony: Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2019

    Wednesday 11 September 2019, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary.

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

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    The 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 2019

    Wednesday 11 September 2019, 02:00pm

    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: HMAS Melbourne Tree and Plaque Dedication

    Saturday 14 September 2019, 09:15am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B11

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM 

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    HMAS Melbourne Tree and Plaque Dedication Service
    There have been three Warships named 'Melbourne':
    Melbourne (I) 1913-1928, Town Class Light Cruiser, Rabaul 1914, North Sea 1915-18.
    Melbourne (II) 1955-1982, Modified Majestic Class Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier, Malysia 1964-66.
    Melbourne (III) 1992-2019, Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate, East Timor 1999-2000, Persian Gulf 2001-03, Middle East 2003-2014.
    The moto of these Warships, 'gathered strength as we go', is derived from their namesake City of Melbourne. A plaque indicating the tree dedicated to the service and sacrifice of those that have served in one or more of these Warships will be unveiled at this service by Chief of Navy, accompanied by the Commanding Officer, HMAS Melbourne (III).

  • Ceremony: Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association 2019

    Saturday 14 September 2019, 12:00pm

    Wreath Laying at the Post 1945 Memorial

    Shrine Representative:
    Shrine Governor Squadron Leader Steve Campbell-Wright

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    On 14 September 1947 four Australian Military officers deployed to Indonesia with the United Nations Good Offices Commission, and since then Australian personnel have participated in 73 Peace Operations in 64 different countries. The Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association honour this legacy with their annual wreath laying service.

  • Ceremony: RAN Recruits September 2019

    Sunday 15 September 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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