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!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

OOPS!



A friend of mine that lives opposite the Shrine in a St Kilda Road apartment witnessed a disturbing incident the other day!

Whilst carrying out her daily routine of sucking in some fresh Melbourne air from her apartment's balcony, she saw a Shrine employee standing inside the Eternal Flame's fenced off enclosure. It appeared that the person was attempting to clean the copper bowl that surrounds the flame with a bucket of water and a broom.

The employee was somewhat overzealous and, whilst splashing water around to help loosen the grime, managed to, somehow, quench the flame!

The flame which burns continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is a symbol of peace and it is an offence to actually put it out.

Apparently the red-faced employee "Ran like the wind" to summon assistance from a work mate, who managed to re-light it shortly after without singeing off his eyebrows!

My friend has asked the question: "Did the employee that extinguished the flame get fined or cautioned by the Police?" - I guess we will never know the answer to that one.

I visited the Shrine the other day and enquired about the incident I was told that it did not happen!

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