What's On - 17 September 2020

  • Ceremony: Shrine Monthly Memorial Service - September 2020

    Thursday 17 September 2020, 11:30am

    Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

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

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

    September, 1941: 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.