Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance

Dedicated to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. This monument was erected to honour those Australian servicemen and women who served during world war one. Here you will find snippets of information not found in any tourist guide book!

Friday, March 31, 2006

Grand Prix breaks silence!

The Shrine of Remembrance reserve is set in a vast area of parkland known as The Kings Domain. There are many trees, Shrubs, ornamental flower beds and large areas of manicured grass lawns. The wildlife consists of many types of Australian native birds, bats, possums & other small rodents.

Because of it's location, which borders on Melbourne's city limits, The Shrine of Remembrance reserve is a peaceful, quiet place to come and reflect on the horrors of modern warfare and remember the many Australians that have fought for our freedom.


During this week the F1 racing cars of the Australian Grand Prix 2006, can be heard screaming around nearby Albert Park Lake. Before the big race on Sunday, the drivers are putting the 'pedal to the metal' in an attempt to qualify for a top grid position at the start of the race.

Even when inside the Shrine , listening to the playing of 'The last post', the constant noise of the high powered V8 engines can be heard penetrating the walls!

Click this link to hear what we hear!!

I Can't wait 'til it's all over !!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Bird's eye view.

Check out this fantastic picture taken of a "Winjeel" trainer aircraft flying over the Shrine.

The aircraft is from the RAAF museum at Point Cook, near Melbourne. You can see this aircraft flying and many more, at the FREE air pageant at Point Cook air base on the 9th of April.


Here are the results of the Melbourne's Herald-Sun newspaper's voteline.

They asked :

"Should the Shrine of Remembrance get a $62 million overhaul?"

Prime Minister - "Shrine will not go ahead!"

It would seem that Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, will not authorise the release of Federal Government funds to assist the Shrine in it's new redevelopment.

Melbourne's Shrine to be a World Leader!!

The Shrine of Remembrance
is planning to be big,


If it manages to secure 30 million dollars in funding from the Australian government the Shrine of Remembrance will carry out a planned extension worth $62 Million! - It will put it in line with other world class memorials and challenge Canberra for the title of Australias most impressive war memorial.

The Shrine trustees expanded the Shrine in 2003 with the construction of a huge visitors centre built underneath the original building. It boasts an education centre, display galleries , a gift shop and a media presentation area with an underground cinema. Now it plans to duplicate the project at the rear of the building and more!...

Read the newspaper clips for more info....

Monday, March 27, 2006

Friday, March 24, 2006

Map of Road Race - Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games

Click to enlarge map.

Shrine start & finish for Commonwealth Games Cycle Race

The Shrine of Remembrance is a very popular place to be at the moment. It is from here that the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Cycling road race is to start and finish. The monument was thought to be an ideal viewing platform for this historic event. It has an upper balcony which boasts some of the best views of Melbourne CBD.

Spectators, however, will be dissapointed. The Shrine has been virtually enclosed by temporary fencing to prevent people from accessing the upper terrace on the Eastern side. From here a grandstand view would have been had!

The Shrine will be open as normal during the race but anyone wishing to 'visit' the upper balcony will be turned away. The stairwells will be roped off and out of bounds to everyone whilst the race is in progress.

Members of the Victoria Police will be on hand throughout the event to enforce the ruling.

More info here:

Friday, March 10, 2006

Travellers Beware!!

If you are thinking of travelling to Australia you may be interested in this!!

I recently read a rather disturbing statistic.

Apparently, according to the latest data available, 2% of road accidents in Australia are caused by Kangeroos.

What I would like to know is:

Who the bloody hell is issuing them with driving licenses!!!?

Do other countries have similair problems? - If so which ones?

Please feel free to post any comments you may have regarding this important issue.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Become Famous over night!!

Want to be famous?
Ever been to the Shrine of Remembrance??

Bet you've got some holiday snaps at home!

Why not post one to this site and tell your friends:
'I'm on the internet!!!'

send your pics to:
& I will upload them to this page. - EASY!

(Remember to tell your friends this address) -

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Shrine of Remembrance

Cenotaph & Eternal Flame

The Cenotaph and Eternal flame are a part of the 2nd world war memorial on the Northern forecourt area of the Shrine reserve. The Flame was lit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954 and has burned continuously since! It represents eternal life for those who have served.

At the top of the Cenotaph is a large statue of six servicemen carrying a fallen comrade draped in the National flag. They are 2 Sailors at the front ( Senior service ), then 2 Soldiers and 2 airmen at the rear.

Gallery of Medals

The Gallery of Medals is very impressive.

There are 4000 medals displayed, each one representing 100 victorians who have served their nation and 6 who have lost their lives.

"A Magnificent Building!"

These words are heard everyday by the people that work at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

A building of this size and magnificence will probably never again be built in Australia.

The Shrine has five levels:

The ground floor where a large visitor centre houses a gift shop, media presentation cinema, an education centre for school groups and displays of war time memorabilia.

The 'Crypt' with it's 'Father & Son' statue.

The 'Sanctuary' with the 'Stone of Remembrance' which is illuminated by a ray of sunlight during the minutes silence on Remembrance Day ( 11th November ).

The 'Balcony' for panoramic views of the City of Melbourne.

The 'Upper Balcony' - Now out of bounds to visitors.

Many hundreds of visitors pour through it's doors everyday and stand in awe as they admire it's ambience and presence.

Welcome to the Shrine of Remembrance.

This blog is dedicated to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia.

If you have ever visited this magnificent building please leave your comments and or holiday photos of the Shrine.