MELBOURNE REUNION - WEDNESDAY, 23rd APRIL
9.30 am: Wreath-Laying Service, 2/14 Battalion Tree, Shrine of Remembrance
A short service of commemoration will be held at the Battalion Tree, northwest corner of the Shrine of Remembrance (near the eternal flame) at 9.30 am, Wednesday 23 April.
Please come along for a moment of quiet reflection before adjourning to the Barracks Tour or Reunion Luncheon, later in the day.
11 am: Tour of Victoria Barracks
After a short walk from the Shrine (5 minutes) to the Barracks, we will be met for a tour of the Barracks, which will include the War Cabinet Room. The declaration of War against Japan was signed in this room and much of the Pacific War planning occurred here also. Of course, this is only a small part of the tour through these historic buildings.
If you wish to know more about Victoria Barracks, visit the following website: http://john.curtin.edu.au/behindthescenes/offices/victoriabarracks.html
Bookings are essential – please let Rob Eden (0439 990 449) or John Smith know by Monday 7th April if you wish to come on the tour. The number will be limited to “30” so please book early. Please take note of the security requirements.
The tour organiser needs to know numbers so that there will be sufficient tour guides. NOTE: There is no wheel chair access on the tour.
The tour will finish at 12.00 noon and we will then proceed to the Officers’ Mess for the Reunion Lunch.
12 noon: Luncheon, Officers Mess, Victoria Barracks
The Officers Mess Committee at Victoria Barracks has extended an invitation to us for the Reunion Lunch this year to be held in the Officers' Mess. This is a very exciting opportunity as the Mess is a very special place - St Kilda Road, Melbourne (Opposite the Shrine of Remembrance). Please read the security requirements below.
A ramp is available at the rear of the building if access is required for wheelchairs or walking frames.
Cost: $60 per head.
Includes a superb buffet lunch, beer, wine and soft drinks. Spirits at your own expense. Please see enclosed booking sheet for further Information re dietary requirements, etc.
Booking forms must be returned, no later than Monday, 14th April. If you do not make a booking, you will not be admitted, as a list of guests needs to be provided in advance for security reasons. Make sure you have your Driver's License or Passport with you on the day.
Dress Code: Smart Casual.
Master of Ceremonies: Rob Eden will be hosting the event as usual.
Please contact him (0439 990 449) if there is something you would like to have included in the program.
Public Transport: Southbound trams from Flinders St, with the exception of Route No 1, travel along St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance. Disembark at tram stop 18.
Parking: 2, 3 and 4 hour car parking is available in Birdwood Avenue, (behind the Shrine).
The City of Melbourne operates ticket machines and enforces parking restrictions in the area.
Parking for the Wreath-Laying Service will be available at the back of the Shrine on the grass, but you will need a permit (we are still negotiating with the Shrine), which you can obtain by telephoning John Smith on 0427 522 999.
For the tour and luncheon - all guests should meet at the security checkpoint at the gate in St Kilda Road (closest to the city) at least 5 minutes prior to the start time.
PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL.
The Department of Defence has strict security in place for admission to the Barracks. If you do not make a booking you will not be admitted.
You will also need to provide Government Issued photo ID, eg Driver Licence, Passport, etc. for admission to Victoria Barracks. There are NO exceptions to this requirement. Please phone John Smith on 0427 522 999 if this is a problem.
Security may inspect personal property.
Photographs are not permitted on the site, except in the Mess, by our designated photographer.
Everyone must remain in designated areas whilst at the function.
HOW TO OBTAIN A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID
To enter Victoria Barracks, you will need to show a government issued photo ID. We realise that, for our elderly guests, this may prove difficult, if they no longer have a driver's licence or current passport. However, there are two options available. If you need someone to help you navigate this process, please contact Secretary, John Smith (0427 522 999) immediately, and a committee member will be only too pleased to assist.
1. Apply for a Proof of Age Card
This can be applied for at Post Offices, Vic Roads Offices or selected pharmacies or chemists. Note that the application takes 20-25 business days to process, so act quickly. An application form can be posted to you by calling the VCGLR on 1300 182 457. For details visit
http://www.vcglr.vic.gov.au/utility/community/young+people/proof+of+age/ The card is usually used by young people, but there is no upper age limit, and the issuing body is more than happy to provide it to older citizens.
In Western Australia, a similar card can be applied for through the Department of Transport (ph 13 11 56) at a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or by using this link: http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/licensing/LBU_F_POA1_ProofOfAgeCard.pdf
For a faster, but more expensive option:
2. Apply for a Keypass Identity Card at the Post Office.
The Application form can be downloaded at
2014 ANNUAL REUNION LUNCH BOOKING FORM
Anzac Day Commemorative March Assembly Plan (Melbourne)
Flinders Street East (St Paul’s Side), next to Federation Square.
Step Off - The 7th Division “step off” time is 10.00 am so marchers should be in position by 9.30 am at the latest. Look for the Banner.
Vehicles will be provided for all veterans who would prefer to ride and they will be brought to the assembly point. The vehicles will be labelled with the unit. There will be no open trucks or land rovers, just cars and maybe mini buses. Meet at our form up point, at the 2/14 banner, and we will arrange a vehicle for you if required. (Transport request must be made before 19th March 2014 - please contact John Smith on 0427 522 999 or email (email@example.com)
The March organisers make the following points:
We will march up to the forecourt of the Shrine past the VIP dais and perform an “eyes right” at the Eternal Flame, the banner and flag bearers will dip the banner and flags at the same point before the entire party left wheels past the Flame and disperses beyond the main flag poles.
Children from Kingsbury Primary School will hold the ropes from the banner (4 students) and will carry the flags (2 students). They will be wearing their school uniforms, which are in the Battalion colours. Two older descendants of veterans will be required to hold the banner. If you wish to do this please advise the Secretary, John Smith as soon as possible on 0427 522 999 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Once again our comrades from the 2/16 Battalion Association have kindly extended an invitation to join them for lunch and/or drinks and a chat at the Lord Palmerston Hotel after the March. The hotel is located at the corner of Palmerston Crescent & Kingsway in South Melbourne.
The nearest parking will be at Federation Square car park The RSL will also provide golf buggies at the entrance to the car park at the Russell Street extension to take veterans to the start of the March. Buses, which will be available opposite Simpson and his Donkey in Birdwood Avenue to return veterans to the City. Please note scooters are no longer available, so if you feel you are unable to march, you can go in a car. Golf buggies will also be along the March route in case of an emergency.