Shrine of Remembrance Map

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1. The Second World War Forecourt

The Second World War Forecourt commemorates the service and sacrifice of Victorians in the Second World War (1939–45). It was dedicated in 1954 and incorporates the flagpoles, Eternal Flame and Cenotaph. The Forecourt is in the shape of a non-denominational cross. The three flagpoles on the Forecourt fly the Australian flag, Victoria’s flag and armed service and unit association flags in rotation.

At the pinnacle of the 12.5–metre Cenotaph are six service men in the battle dress of the Navy, Army and Air Force, carrying a bier (a stand used for placing people before burial) on which lies a fallen comrade. The names of the theatres of war where each of the services served in the Second World War (1939–45) are inscribed on the pillar.

The Eternal Flame was lit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the 1954 dedication ceremony. The flame is always burning, symbolising eternal life for those who have died.

2. Driver and Wipers

Driver and Wiper sculptures were created by British serviceman Charles Sergeant Jagger who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

The Driver is holding a whip and bridles for two horses, wearing breeches, spurs and a protective legging on his lower right leg. He has a steel helmet for protection from shrapnel. This is a second casting of a figure on the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in London, which was built in 1925.

Wipers illustrates a war-hardened British infantry soldier from the Front, standing guard with standard issue .303 rifle, bayonet fixed. He is dressed for winter and has a gas mask around his neck. Bullets have left their mark on his helmet. Many servicemen pronounced Ypres (a town in Belgium as ‘Wipers’).

3. Gallipoli Memorial

This garden commemorates the service and sacrifice of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in the Gallipoli Campaign 25 April - 20 December 1915. This Memorial garden incorporates the Man with the Donkey (1936), the Memorial to War Horses, relocated from St Kilda Road to the Shrine (1987), and the third generation young Lone Pine tree (2006). The young Lone Pine was planted to ensure that the Anzac tradition of service and sacrifice would continue to be observed in the Shrine Reserve after the much loved original Lone Pine (1933) was removed in 2012.

4. The Legacy Garden of Appreciation

img4.jpgThe Legacy Garden of Appreciation features red poppies which flower around Remembrance Day
(11 November) to keep alive the memory of those who perished in the First World War (1914–18). The sculpture of a mother and her children symbolises the work of Legacy caring for the widows and dependants of veterans.

5. Memorial Trees

To mark the twentieth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War (1914–18), 100 memorial trees were planted in 1934 and dedicated to Victorian units who fought. Since that time more Memorial Trees have been planted and dedicated to commemorate the service of Victorians and in memory of those forces allied to Australian troops in conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Today there are more than 200 Memorial Trees on the Shrine Reserve.

6. Remembrance Garden – Post 1945 Memorial

The Remembrance Garden, on the western side of the Shrine, was dedicated in 1985 to those who served in conflicts and peacekeeping operations after the Second World War (1939–45). The names of those conflicts – Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, Kuwait, the Balkans, Cambodia, Somalia, East Timor, Malaysia, Thai-Malay, Iraq, Namibia, Thailand, Rwanda and Afghanistan – are engraved on the stone wall (cut into the hillside). The pool and rippling water create a peaceful memorial and serve to remind us of the jungle and rainforests where many post–1945 conflicts were fought.

7. Cobbers

img7.jpgCobbers, the memorial to Australian service and sacrifice at the Battle of Fromelles 19 July 1916, was installed in the Australian Memorial Park at Fromelles, France in 1998. It was the most bloodied day in Australian history with 5,533 men killed, wounded or captured. The bronze cast located on the Shrine Reserve is the second cast of the sculpture by Peter Corlett.

8. Women's Garden and Memorial Cairn

The Memorial Cairn commemorates the 70,000 Australian Ex-Servicewomen from the Boer War through to 1985. Inspired by the women’s forgotten flower of remembrance – the violet, Landscape Architect Katherine Rekaris has augmented the Cairn with a garden of concrete memorial violets (Viola hederacea), Dianella (Dianella caerulea ‘Cassa Blue’) and Ipheion (Ipheion uniflorum). The memorial was relocated from the King’s Domain to the Shrine Reserve in 2010.

Hover over the numbers on the map to reveal interesting information about the Shrine of Remembrance.
‘The Shrine Story: self-guided tour of the Shrine of Remembrance’ brochure is available from the Shrine Visitor Centre for $1.00. You can also download the tour brochure as a PDF from this website: download the English brochure or the Chinese brochure

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How do I get there?

The Shrine is located on St Kilda Road, 1.3km from Flinders Street Railway Station. It is a pleasant 10 minute walk from the free tram zone. Visitors can also take any southbound tram from Federation Square (except route number 1) to stop 19.

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What’s on 

Exhibitions, talks, screenings and curator tours are held throughout the year. We also offer family programs on school holidays. See the expansive galleries under the Shrine or take a guided tour. 

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Accessibility

Lift access is available for the Sanctuary, the Crypt and the Galleries. There are also reserved spaces for wheelchairs in the Auditorium. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to the Balcony. Please ask our staff for assistance if required. Call 03 9661 8100 for more information.