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1934 newsreel of the Dedication of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance

Video transcript 

1934 Dedication of the Shrine of Remembrance 


Today all Victoria is attuned to the spirit of the Empire in humble tribute 

to the glorious dead. At Melbourne's great Shrine of Remembrance a quarter of a 

million people surround the majestic stone monument which enshrines the 

memory of ANZAC. It is the greatest gathering for such a solemn purpose, 

which the southern hemisphere has ever known. Here in outward and visible form, 

the people of Australia express a gratitude which will never die; to those 

who gave all they had to give, and those who come after echo the spirit of 

armistice. We will remember them. Additional significance is given to the 

ceremony by the leadership of the King's son, Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester his 

presence is a symbol of the unity of empire in a great and reverent gesture 

to the glorious dead, who in our hearts will always live. 

[Music: The Last Post] 

This great assembly has gathered here today to do homage to the men and women of 

Victoria who gave their lives in the Great War, and to commemorate the 

services rendered by all who left this state, to fight for the Empire. This noble Shrine, 

which I am invited to dedicate, has been erected as a token of our gratitude 

to those who fought for us. To the glory of God and in grateful memory of the men and women 

of this state who served in the Great War and especially of those who fell, 

I dedicate this Shrine. 

[Singing Hymn: Old Hundredth verse 3] 


O enter then His gates with praise; 

Approach with joy His courts unto; 

Praise, laud, and bless His Name always, 

For it is seemly so to do.