September 2018

Jon Faine at the Shrine

ABC Radio live broadcast

Join us for The Conversation Hour broadcast live from the Shrine Visitor Centre for an Invictus Games special on Thursday 6 September at 11am. In this special broadcast, Jon will tell the inspiring stories of the Invictus Games competitors and discuss the many ways people triumph over adversity.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sports event for wounded, injured and ill veterans and serving defence personnel. Celebrating the power of sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation, the Games generate a wider understanding and respect for defence personnel who are striving to overcome physical and emotional challenges. The Games will be opened in Sydney on Saturday 20 October by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

If you would like to attend this special event register here.


All are welcome to attend the following commemorative services.


Battle for Australia

Wednesday 5 September, 11am
Wreath Laying on the Forecourt

This service honours the courage, sacrifice and service of Australians and their Allies who repulsed Japanese attacks on Australia during the Second World War. These include battles on the Kokoda Trail, Milne Bay, the Coral Sea, and other fiercely fought actions regarding the defence of Australia in 1942 and 1943.

Full list of Services

Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914)

Tuesday 11 September, 11am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF) was formed in August 1914 to destroy German wireless stations in the Pacific, which were communicating with the German East Asian Cruiser Squadron. On 11 September 1914 the ANMEF captured the wireless station at Bita Paka.

Full list of Services

The Royal Air Forces Association (Battle of Britain)

Sunday 16 September, 2pm
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

Commemorating the Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth contribution to an Allied victory. Between July and October 1940 as a prelude to a German seaborne invasion of Britain, the German air force mounted daily attacks on British airfields, radar stations and cities—competing for air superiority and mass civilian damage.

Full list of Services

Shrine Monthly Memorial Service

Thursday 20 September, 11.30am
Wreath Laying in the Sanctuary

This month we commemorate the following important dates:
14 September 1914 – Loss of HMA Submarine AE1
September 1941 – The Siege of Tobruk, Libya
21 September 1971 – Battle of Nui Le

Full list of Services

Talks and Events

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

The Last 100 Days

Tuesday 4 September, midday

What were the experiences of the Australians fighting on the Western Front in the final battles of the First World War? Sourced from soldier’s diaries and letters, Will Davies pieces together their experiences from Amiens to the Hindenburg line.

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The Battle Within

Thursday 20 September, midday

What did it mean in a country so attached to Anzac, a legend of battlefield prowess, to have spent the war as a prisoner? Drawing on their own words, Christina Twomey presents the POWs’ struggle to rehabilitate themselves and to win compensation.

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Seizing Damascus, 1918

Tuesday 25 September, midday

Dr Jean Bou will examine the dramatic events in Palestine in the last months of the Great War, when a great offensive led to a rapid British advance over hundreds of miles. An advance in which the Australian Light Horse played a considerable role.

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Shrine of Remembrance Medal

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Shrine of Remembrance Medal. Since 2008, the medal has been awarded in appreciation of those who work to honour the value of veterans’ service and sacrifice to the community. To nominate someone you know for this prestigious award, complete and return the form by 5pm on Friday 5 October.

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

The Light Horse

Closing 21 October
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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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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Until 4 August 2019
South Gallery

Many Australian service men and women gave aid to the resistance, other Australians owed their freedom and their lives to it. Uncover the stories of those who through accident or design found themselves battling the Axis using unconventional means.

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Books of Remembrance

The Books of Remembrance have been recently returned to display after some intensive cleaning and minor reparations. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, John Eren  was keen to see the restored Books, which contain the names of  89,100 of those who were born or enlisted in Victoria and served overseas in the First World War. The conservation project was supported by the Victorian Government and Victorian Veterans Council.

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From the Shop

Digger Pen


This pen makes a unique gift, constructed from two brass .308 rifle shells, handmade by a team of ex-servicemen. Beautiful to write with, this pen can be engraved to personalise. Proceeds from sales will help to support Legacy and Soldier On.

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New Britain

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

New Britain was one of the most fought-over islands during the War in the Pacific. From January 1942, when Japanese forces invaded and captured Rabaul, through until war’s end, there was scarcely a time when land, sea or air battles were not waged. The Australian force was sent to the island, and to nearby New Ireland, in the face of an anticipated Japanese invasion. In telling the story of New Britain, this book goes beyond the first days of battle and captivity.

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RSL Centenary Haversack 


Created with the RSL to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and the RSL itself, this sturdy and practical bag replicates the canvas haversack carried by Australian soldiers. The bag features an adjustable strap, external buckles and a handy internal pocket to keep small items secure. Comes with a detachable RSL centenary keyring.

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Uncommon Soldier

Chris Masters
Allen & Unwin

Having spent time with troops in Afghanistan on three separate trips, investigative journalist Chris Masters has developed an insight into our current diggers that few outside the army have been able to achieve. Covering everything from initial training to retirement from the army, and from life on the battlefield to the lives they’ve left home in Australia, Masters provides a comprehensive view of the modern Australian soldier.

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