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2020 Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Commemoration Service

Melbourne Service

The Darwin Defenders 1942-1945 Commemorative Service will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday 19th February 2020.

Official invitations and information to schools will be sent in term 4.

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Darwin Defenders Melbourne Committee


John Lord AM FAICD

Darwin Defenders Melbourne Branch President

Vice Presidents

Robyn Bell
Michele Gallin


Bernadette Lightfoot


Eleanore Leydon

Educational Consultant

Tim Gurry OAM

RSL Representative
Brian Neal

Committee Members


Dorothy Darby
Dorothy Spooner
Freda Pavey
Mavis Watson

Peter Harrington
Shirley Cornish
Ula Van Prooyen

National Affliction

The Melbourne Chapter of Darwin Defenders supports the activities of Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Inc. which is an incorporated society formed in 1999. To find out more about the National Committee – please contact:

Bernadette Lightfoot
31 Station Street
Malvern VIC 3144
03 9500 2399

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