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100th Anniversary of the Royal Navy Special Service Squadron’s visit to Melbourne

100th Anniversary of the Royal Navy Special Service Squadron’s visit to Melbourne

MMHN will commence our 2024 Events Program by commemorating the 100th Anniversary of a most significant maritime event in Melbourne – and most appropriately at the Shrine of Remembrance.

At a time when Melbourne was Australia’s capital city, between 17th-24th March 1924, as part of a world tour the Royal Navy’s British Special Service Squadron, principal battleship HMS Hood and battlecruiser HMS Repulse together with light cruisers  HMS Delhi, HMS Danae, HMS Dragon HMS Dauntless and HMS Dunedin with 4572 officers and sailors aboard arrived at port Melbourne.

This visit of the world’s mightiest battleship was an Australia-wide sensation drawing huge crowds circa 400,000 people to Princes Pier to see the vessel and participate in extensive celebrations.

MMHN Board Member, Michael O’Brien will present on the significance of this event in Australia’s defence history with reference to the visiting fleet, its visit to Melbourne – and the astounding welcome it received!  Michael will also refer to the sad fate of these key battleships in the Second World War. A small collection of print artefacts will be exhibited in the Shrine foyer.

Where:  Shrine of Remembrance, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne

For catering purposes please RSVP to info@mmhn.org.au by 12 March.

Date March 19, 2024Time 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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