May at the Shrine

Remembering at dawn

Thousands gather in honour of service

In a public expression of respect for those who have served their country, an estimated 35,000 people attended the 2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service commemorations at the Shrine.  Demonstrating the ongoing commitment to honouring service and sacrifice by the community of Victoria.

This year’s Veteran’s Address was delivered by Group Captain Annette Holian, an Orthopaedic Surgeon with extensive experience in trauma and disaster response who has served on multiple deployments including Afghanistan, East Timor and Bandeh Aceh.

Read GPCAPT Annette Holian’s Dawn Service Veteran’s Address

For the first time, veterans of recent conflicts led the Anzac Day March from Federation Square to the Shrine, with Navy father and son Warrant Officer Martin (Marty) Grogan OAM RAN and Captain Darren Grogan CSM RAN leading the procession. An estimated 10,175 current service men and women, veterans and descendants participated in the March.

Shrine CEO, Dean Lee reflected that Victorians are resolute in honouring those who have served and died in defending our way of life. The growing participation in commemoration is proof they will never be forgotten.

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All are welcome to attend the following commemorative services.

73rd Anniversary of Victory in Europe
(VE Day)

Tuesday 8 May, 11am
Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

On 7 May 1945 the German High Command authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts in the aftermath of Hitler’s death: the war in Europe was over. On 9 May 1945, some 10,000 gathered to observe VE Day at the Shrine.

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Shrine Monthly Memorial Service

Thursday 17 May, 11.30am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

This month we commemorate the following important dates:
3 May 1917—Second Battle of Bullecourt
14 May 1943—Sinking of the hospital ship Centaur 
29 May 1945—Second Sandakan death march
30 May 1942—The ‘1,000 Bomber Raid’

The monthly memorial services run for approximately one hour.

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American Ex-Servicemen Association

Sunday 27 May, 2pm
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

The Association was formed for the purpose of promoting the welfare of American ex-servicemen and women in Australia and to secure better relations between our two nations. A reception in the Shrine Visitor Centre follows this annual service.

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Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service

Thursday 31 May, 11am
Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

Indigenous Australians have served in the Australian defence forces since the Boer War. Over 50 Indigenous ANZACs fought at Gallipoli, and more than 3,000 Aboriginal and Islander Australians served in the Second World War. This service commemorates their contributions and stories.

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Talks and Events

Friends of the Shrine can attend public programs for free. General admission is $5 per person. Bookings essential.

Courage in the Skies

Thursday 10 May, midday

Jim Eames recounts the remarkable story of Qantas and its crew in the face of the Japanese advance towards Australia. Flying unarmed planes through war zones, and at times under enemy fire, the airline supplied the front lines, evacuated the wounded and undertook surprising escapes.

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Curator Talk: For Humanity

Tuesday 15 May, 11am
Departs from the Education Centre

Victorian service men and women since 1945 have helped the sick and wounded in war and peacekeeping across the world, sometimes in dire conditions and desperate circumstances. Join curator Dr Ian Jackson on a tour of this exhibition and discover how treatments and technologies have changed, but the need for courage and compassion has not.

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The Last Fifty Miles 

Wednesday 23 May, 6pm

There were fifty miles to victory and defeat, fifty miles to collapse and renewal, and fifty miles to a new place for Australia among the nations of the world. They were among the most significant fifty miles in our history. Join Adam Wakeling as he explores the final battles for the Australian troops in the First World War and their significance.

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From Rwanda to Afghanistan

Tuesday 29 May, midday

Wing Commander Alex Douglas, one of the first Australians to be awarded a Medal for Gallantry, will reflect on the key issues underpinning effective medical treatment on the front line. Alex’s three decade career as a medical officer on active service has spanned the army, air force, Africa and Asia.

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

For Humanity

Until 24 March 2019
West Gallery

What does it mean to save lives as others are taking them? Medics on the frontline give gripping accounts of their experiences. Stories of immense trauma are offset against moments of touching humanity. Sometimes when the stakes are high it is these flashes of compassion and humanity that endure.

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Nerves and Steel

Until 29 July 2019
South Gallery

Discover the struggles and glory of the Allied forces against Japan’s powerful navy and the role that the Royal Australian Navy played from December 1914 to September 1945 in securing the ultimate Allied Victory.

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The Light Horse

Until 21 October 2019
East Gallery

While Australian infantry served in the grim trenches of the Western Front, their comrades in the Australian Light Horse were fighting dynamic campaign of manoeuvre against the Ottoman Turks in the desert wastes of Sinai, Palestine and Syria. Featuring historic and contemporary paintings, and memorabilia from the now legendary light horseman.

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Recent Conflicts

Permanent exhibition
West Gallery

Discover the human stories behind the headlines about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Find out what it is like to serve in war in the twenty-first century, and see the war through the eyes of some remarkable Australian servicemen and women as they fought a ruthless and elusive enemy.

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Voile Poppy Scarf


This scarf is the perfect accessory in the warmer months. Available in four colours; white, light blue, royal blue and black, the scarf also makes for a thoughtful gift.

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Poppies Mug


A fine bone china mug from the Ashdene Poppies range. The poppies have been illustrated with intricate detail by renowned botanical artist, Jenny Phillips. Microwave and dishwasher friendly. Designed in Australia.

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Serving Our Country

Joan Beaumont & Allison Cadzow (Newsouth Publishing)

Based on oral histories and the contributions of a number of academics, Serving Our Country provides a comprehensive history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service in the Australian Defence Force, and their search for recognition and acknowledgement.

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Remembrance Magazine

April 2018

This latest edition includes Transformation at Villers-Bretonneux by Dr Ross McMullin, coinciding with the centenary of events that took place at Villers-Bretonneux across Anzac Day. Another feature is Three Medical Perspectives by Helen Taplin, Wing Commander Alexandra E Douglas MG and Group Captain Annette Holian which offers further insight into some of the stories told as part of the For Humanityexhibition.

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