December at the Shrine

Season’s Greetings

Have a wonderful festive season

The Remembrance Day poppies may have come and gone, but our Pōhutukawa tree (New Zealand Christmas Tree) dedicated to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and Navy is just beginning to flower. This December, take your family on a stroll around the Shrine Reserve or explore the subterranean Galleries for some respite from the sun. We wish all of our supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at the Shrine in 2017.

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial (027060)

2/25th and 2/31st Battalions

Saturday 3 December, 11am
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

Combined service for 2/25th and 2/31st Battalion Associations. Both battalions served in North Africa and the Pacific theatre as part of the 7th Division, earning battle honours for such far-flung sites as Syria, Kokoda and Borneo. This date was chosen to mark the anniversary of the cessation of the battalions’ combat duties on the Kokoda Trail in December 1942.

Full list of ceremonies

Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial (012013)

American Ex-Servicemen’s Association

Sunday 4 December, 12 noon
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

Japan entered the Second World War by attacking the Allied Forces in the Pacific. The most infamous and deadly was a powerful air strike on the USA’s Pacific Fleet, anchored in Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941. This service commemorates this anniversary.

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AMC/LSI (HMAS Westralia, Kanimbla, Manoora and Assault)

Saturday 10 December, 11am
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

December 15 marks the first major landing operation by an Australian Landing Ship Infantry (LSI) during the Second World War. As a unit of the United States 7th Fleet at Arawe, New Britain, it was HMAS Westralia which took part in that historic operation in 1943. The association holds a ceremony on the closest Saturday to honour and remember the men and women who served with HMAS Westralia, Kanimbla, Manoora and Assault. 

Full list of ceremonies

Shrine Monthly Remembrance Service

Sunday 18 December, 1.30pm
Wreath laying in the Sanctuary

This service is in memory of Victorians who served overseas or in Australia with the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army or the Royal Australian Air Force. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the service.

Full list of ceremonies

Talks and Events

Entry to public programs are by donation. Download or stream our talks at

Cricket in 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

The Great EscapeThe Dam BustersReach for the Sky. Gripping stories of the Second World War that became classic films. 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.’ 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.

Remembrance Day Poster Exhibition

11 November 2016 – 26 February 2017
Shrine Visitor Centre

On 11 November, The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria, announced this year’s winner of the Remembrance Day Poster Competition. Congratulations to Claudia Cover from Holy Rosary Primary School. The artworks of all finalists are on display in the Shrine Visitor Centre until the end of summer.

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Dear Laura: Postcards from the First World War

29 October 2016 – 26 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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Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial (E00455)

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.

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Shrine Medal 2016 Recipient

The Shrine of Remembrance is pleased to announce that Mr Robert Winther has been awarded the 2016 Shrine of Remembrance Medal. Robert was presented with the Medal at the Shrine Annual Dinner at Melbourne Town Hall. Robert is Veteran Liaison at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and has dedicated more than 50 years’ service to this role. He has been the driving force of numerous projects at the Hospital including The Anzac Memorial Chapel, The Remembrance Garden and the Jessie Mary Vasey Labyrinth. Congratulations Robert!

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Shrine Shop

2017 DVA Calendar: Animals in War

The 2017 Department of Veterans’ Affairs Calendar features images of animals with which Australians have come into contact on military operations from the First World War to the present day. Includes national public holidays, DVA pensions days and official days of commemoration proclaimed by the Governor-General of Australia. This soft cover 12-month calendar is a perfect stocking filler for animal lovers.

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“Left! Left! Left! Right! Left! We make our way in the dark…”

A collaboration between Sydney writer Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg and Melbourne illustrator Robin Cowcher, this hardback picture book is a powerful tribute to those who have served their country. The watercolour paintings are full of symbolism and meaningful details; see if you can spot the subtle references to the Anzac Day tradition at the Shrine.

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