Dedication of the Shrine of Remembrance (1954)

Dedication of the Shrine of Remembrance (1954)
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Sir Robert Menzies' home movie footage of Queen Elizabeth II arriving with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.

They walk through the crowd to the forecourt where they commemorate those who served in the Second World War by the Eternal Flame. Ex-servicemen and children also arrive for the dedication of the shrine forecourt. The Australian flag is shown hanging next to the Union Jack. 

This clip from a home movie filmed by Australian Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, on 28 February 1954, captures the solemnity of the occasion.

The Shrine of Remembrance was built to commemorate those men and women of Victoria who served in the First World War. However, after the Second World War the north facing forecourt, World War II memorial and Eternal Flame were built to commemorate those who fought in the Second World War. Now inscriptions on this memorial commemorate those who served in the Korean War, Malayan Emergency, the Vietnam war and the Gulf War.

Elizabeth Taggart-Speers