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2017 Darwin Defenders Commemorative Ceremonies

Melbourne Ceremonies
The Darwin Defenders 1942-1945 Commemoration Ceremonies in Melbourne will be held in at the Shrine of Remembrance on Thursday 16th February and St Paul's Cathedral on Sunday 19th February.

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Bendigo Ceremony
A service will be held in the Memorabilia Garden of the Bendigo District RSL Complex, Havilah Road, Bendigo on Sunday 19th February commencing at 9.30am.


Darwin Defenders Melbourne Committee


John Lord AM FAICD

Darwin Defenders Melbourne Branch President

Vice Presidents

Robyn Bell
Michele Gallin


Bernadette Lightfoot


Eleanore Leydon

RSL Representative
Brian Neal

Committee Members


Barry Greenwood
Dorothy Darby
Dorothy Spooner
Freda Pavey
Gwen Lucas

Mavis Watson
Peter Harrington
Shirley Cornish
Tim Gurry
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:

Secretary Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Inc
73 Bay Shore Ave
Clifton Springs VIC 3222

Latest News

MARCH 2017

Graduation Parade for General Entry 349 – Emms Division

The Graduation Parade for General Entry 349 - Emms Division was held on the Recruit School Parade Ground on Friday 31 March 2017. Recruits graduated in front of over 450 family and friends... Find out more...


Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

Many members of the Darwin Defenders 1942-45 community gathered at St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 19th February for the 10:30am Choral Eucharist to commemorate the day ‘War Came to Australia’ and Darwin was bombed. Find out more...