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  • Ceremony: Battle for Australia 2021

    Wednesday 1 September 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

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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: Merchant Navy Day Wreath Laying 2021

    Friday 3 September 2021, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    The Merchant Navy refers to a nations 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) 2021

    Saturday 4 September 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree E56

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    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: Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914) 2021

    Saturday 11 September 2021, 11:00am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    TBA

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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 2021

    Saturday 11 September 2021, 02:00pm

    Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree B93

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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 2021

    Sunday 12 September 2021, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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    This service commemorates the First World War service and losses of HMA Submarines AE1 and AE2.

    AE1 deployed with a RAN fleet to occupy Germany's possessions in the South-West Pacific and to counter German naval threats. On 14 September 1914, AE1 and her 35 crew vanished without a trace and with no signs of enemy engagement. It wasn't until 2017 that She was located on the seabed off Duke of York Islands, Papua New Guinea.

    AE2 began operations in the Dardanelles campaign in February 1915 before being tasked to force a passage through the heavily defended Dardanelles Strait in April, coinciding with the Gallipoli landings. Battling past shore batteries, enemy ships, minefields and natural obstacles She eventually made it through to the Sea of Marmora and began engaging enemy shipping. This morale boosting news has been credited with influencing the Allied decision to remain on the Gallipoli peninsula and perservere. Her luck ran out on 30 April 1915 after an enemy torpedo boat attack disabled the engine room, compounding her recent inability to dive. She was scuttled with no loss of life and her crew became prisoners for the duration of the war. The wreck was discovered in 1998.