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Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne 

Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne 

The Shrine of Remembrance is one of the most significant war memorials in Australia. It was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I, and it is today a memorial to all Australians who have served in the war. It is a site of annual observances of ANZAC Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November).

The Shrine’s undercroft has been developed into a new exhibition space, known as the “Galleries of Remembrance.” Among the many historical objects in the “Galleries of Remembrance” and the design elements of the Shrine itself, the following are highlights:

A Tour of the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Australia

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

  • Title:              Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne 
  • City:               Melbourne
  • Country:         Australia
  • Established:  1934
  • Location:       Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, Melbourne
  • Address:        Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
  • Type:             War Memorial & Museum
  • The grounds of Shrine of Remembrance include:
    • The Shrine of Remembrance
    • The Galleries of Remembrance
      • The Victoria Cross
      • Gallery of Medals
    • The Second World War Forecourt
    • Gallipoli Memorial
    • The Legacy Garden of Appreciation
    • Remembrance Garden Post-1945 Memorial
    • Cobbers memorial
    • Driver and Wipers sculptures
    • Women’s Garden and Memorial Cairn

Gallery of Medals

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The Wall of Medals highlights the scales of Services Since the Boer War (1899 – 1902)

 Service Medals

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Service Medals are awarded to men and women who have served in wartime and peacekeeping operations. Also, for service in Australia’s defense forces and to civilians who supported Australia’s defense during times of war.

In Australia, the earliest Service Medal was for Australians who participated in the Maori War in New Zealand in 1860 -1866. The tradition goes back to the British practice of awarding medals for service in a battle to all ranks. It was introduced in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

39th Battalion Flag

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The stencils on the flag highlight the battle honors of the 39th Battalion.

Peace Medal & Lucky Horseshoe

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The Peace Medal from 1919 was used to commemorate the end of the war. This medal was one of the medals that were issued to all Australian secondary school students. The reverse of the medal has the following words inscribed: “The triumph of liberty and justice.”

“Far Away But Not Forgotten. Australia will be there.”

The owner and maker of this lucky horseshoe are not known. Nor is the fate of the soldier who carried it. The soldier who took this reminder of their home must have found it comforting, especially if a loved one made it.

Turkish Flag

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Hitler Ashtray

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Smokers were able to express their fury at Adolf Hitler by using this miniature chamber pot for cigarette ashes. Created in 1939, Hitler’s face is on the inside and bottom of this ashtray.

UN Flag

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Shrine of Remembrance Map


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Photo Credit: 1) Photographs by Gnangarra… [CC BY 2.5 au (], via Wikimedia Commons

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