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2016 Darwin Defenders Commemorative Ceremony: Friday 19 February 2016

The Darwin Defenders 1942-1945 Commemoration Ceremony will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance.
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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

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 Afflication

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


2016 Winter Commemorative Services

With the wintry months of the year upon us, members of the Melbourne Branch of the Darwin Defenders 1942-45 have been braving the cold winds to attend the Shrine of Remembrance to commemorate the service and the sacrifice of men and women who served our nation...
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MARCH 2016

Message for the Commemoration from Rear Admiral John Lord AM – Patron of the Melbourne Branch

On Friday the 19th February, several commemorations will be held around Australia to mark the date Darwin was attacked by fighter bombers belonging to Japanese forces in 1942. The main focus will be Darwin... Find out more...