November at the Shrine

Remembrance Day

11 November 2016, from 10.30am

Every year, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we pause to remember those men and women who have died or suffered in all wars and peacekeeping operations.  

Join us for the Victorian State Remembrance Day Ceremony and pay your respects to all men and women who have served. One minute of silence will be observed at 11am. The Royal New Zealand Artillery Regiment Band will perform and there will be an RAAF flyover. Stop by the camouflage Landrovers behind the flagpoles to speak to young veterans who have served in recent conflicts such as Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor.


Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

4th Australian Field Regiment

Wednesday 2 November, 12 noon
Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree C59

An annual pilgrimage to the Regiment’s memorial tree in honour of all men who served in the 4th Australian Field Regiment and to those members who made the supreme sacrifice. Members of the association will be joined by students from Caulfield Grammar.

Full list of ceremonies

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

4th Anti-Tank Association

Sunday 13 November, 2pm
Wreath Laying at Memorial Tree D34

Raised in Victoria in late 1940, the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment saw service on the Malayan peninsula where much of the unit was captured in the fall of Singapore. One battery, still serving in Australia at this time, would go on to aid in the defence of Darwin and northern Australia.

Full list of ceremonies

HMAS Sydney and Vietnam Logistical Support

Saturday 19 November, 12pm
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

This Ex-Service Association was originally formed by Vietnam era sailors from HMAS Sydney III and Vietnam Escort Destroyers, but now also remembers those who served on other HMA Ships named Sydney (I, II & IV). The date for this service was chosen to commemorate HMAS Sydney II, lost with all hands in 1941.

Full list of ceremonies

Talks and Events

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The Future Movement

Thursday 3 November, 5.30pm for 6pm start

Does better understanding the mistakes of our past encourage us to build a peaceful future? The United Nations, NGOs and visionary individuals are all working towards eliminating world conflict. The Shrine has taken some exciting steps in recent years to highlight these efforts, including the development of a dedicated Peace Gallery. Can war memorials play a larger role in fostering reconciliation? Are we doing all that we can to encourage the community to think critically about the choices before us? Join a panel comprising a young veteran, an academic, a peace theorist and a curator to explore these questions.

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Monuments of Remembrance

Wednesday 9 November, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start

Even as the guns grew silent over the battlefields of Europe in 1918, Australia’s military leaders were planning to commemorate pivotal Australian victories through a series of monuments on the Western Front. In Australia too, communities motivated by loss, grief and a determination to never forget the cost to a generation, erected hundreds of war memorials across the land over the following decades—and again after 1945. This talk will explore motives for commemoration—victory, honour and remembrance—through a range of key monuments to Australia’s service men and women.

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Remembrance Gardens tour

Saturday 26 November, 11am

For over 80 years the sprawling gardens surrounding the Shrine have provided a respite from the growing bustle of Melbourne. While the memorial trees on the Shrine Reserve have become well-known pilgrimage sites, the casual observer may not be aware of the creative vision and symbology behind our landscaped gardens. Join this inaugural guided tour that ventures into some of our unique gardens. Tour is followed by a light lunch looking into our Garden Courtyard, with its grand olive tree and Mediterranean-themed plantings.

Cost: $30 per person (includes lunch) / $25 per person for Friends of the Shrine

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Cricket and Combat

Friday 2 December, 2.30pm

Sergeant Anthony ‘Harry’ Moffitt has served nearly 25 years in the Army, carrying a cricket bat with him on eleven operational tours. At the end of each deployment the bats were signed by his team and their support staff. When possible, this included politicians, significant military figures and even members of the Royal Family! These bats illustrate the resilient nature of the Australian soldier who carries a little bit of home wherever he or she serves. Two of Harry’s bats will be on display during the talk.

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Paul Brickhill: The Hero Maker

Thursday 8 December, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start

According to London’s Times, Melbourne-born Paul Brickhill, Spitfire pilot and Stalag Luft 3 prisoner, ‘set a standard in the telling of popular war stories which has never been surpassed.’ His books about escaping the Nazis, about boldly busting their dams, and about legless fighter pilot Douglas Bader became bestsellers, while the movies based on them are classics. Hear award-winning writer Stephen Dando-Collins, author of The Hero Maker, reveal Brickhill’s monumental struggles to overcome personal and professional obstacles to tell his gripping true stories about men at war.

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Entry to exhibitions is by donation. All proceeds support the Shrine Education Program.

The ‘Blood Tub’: Australians at Bullecourt 1917

15 October 2016 – 1 October 2017
East Gallery, Galleries of Remembrance

In early 1917 Australian soldiers fought two battles at Bullecourt in France. So ferocious were they that Australian soldiers renamed the town ‘The blood tub.’ The first action fought on 11 April was a complete disaster, the second (3 – 15 May) a hollow victory at best. German General Eric Ludendorff later wrote of the Arras campaign, of which the Bullecourt battles were part—‘no doubt exceedingly important strategic objects lay behind the British attack, but I have never been able to discover what they were.’

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Dear Laura: Postcards from the First World War

29 October 2016 – 31 March 2017
Shrine Visitor Centre

Dear Laura presents First World War postcards sent to Laura Brooks between 1915 and 1918 by her future husband Alan Ferguson, her brothers Ernest and Arthur and her uncle Charles Newman. These men enlisted and served overseas in the Australian Imperial Force.

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Remembrance Day Poster Competition 

11 November 2016 – 26 February 2017
Shrine Visitor Centre

On 11 November, The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria, will announce this year’s winner of the Remembrance Day Poster Competition. Victorian primary school students have submitted unique and colourful artworks reflecting the theme: ‘Symbols of Remembrance’ . The winning and highly commended entries will be on display at the Shrine Visitor Centre until the end of summer.

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Remembrance Day 
Field of Poppies

Each year on Remembrance Day we encourage visitors to plant a long stem poppy with a personalised message of dedication near the Eternal Flame. Poppies will be available for purchase on the Shrine Reserve for $3ea. Share your photos online #fieldofpoppies @ShrineMelbourne.

Visit the Shrine Shop or call 03 9661 8119 to order.

In Loving Memory Poppy Badge

A stylish and poignant poppy badge that reflects the service and sacrifice of those who went to war. The poppy is set on a golden backing with ‘in loving memory’ inscribed along the edge. Displayed in its own quality box, perfect for wearing on your favourite jacket or simply sitting on your shelf at home.

Visit the Shrine Shop or call 03 9661 8119 to order.





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