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2024 Darwin Defenders 1942-45 Commemoration Service

Melbourne Service

The Darwin Defenders 1942-1945 Commemorative Service will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance on Monday 19th February 2024 commencing at 10:00am.

Please contact us if you would like for your school to attend the service on Monday 19th February 2024. We welcome all schools and teachers and parents.

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To watch the live stream on Monday 19th February of the commemorative service to honour those that served in Darwin 1942-45 visit this link:


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Darwin Defenders Melbourne Committee


Rear Admiral John Lord AM RAN (retired)

Darwin Defenders Melbourne Branch President

Robyn Bell

Vice President

Michele Gallin


Bernadette Lightfoot


Eleanore Leydon

Educational Consultant

Tim Gurry OAM

RSL Representative

Brian Neal

Contact Us

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
0417 337 267