World War Two commemorations

The City of Port Phillip is commemorating World War Two through a range of events and activities.

The first is our Remembrance Day event on 10 November 2019 at 5 pm at the Remembrance Garden, Station Street at Raglan Street, Port Melbourne.

World War Two commemorative events

Around the City of Port Phillip there are a range of programs, activities and projects which commemorate the people, places and history of World War Two. Here is a sample of what is available for participation, information and contribution across the City. Email us at to be included or to advise of updates.

There will be three guided walks in 2020 on the theme of World War Two - in April (St Kilda), September (Port Melbourne) and November (Montague/South Melbourne). Keep an eye on the Events Calendar for details.

Community planting of poppies in the Remembrance Garden, Port Melbourne will take place in May 2020 and is supported by the Rotary Clubs of Albert Park and Port Melbourne.


Friends of Elwood RSL hold annual ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services.

Port Melbourne

Port Melbourne ANZAC commemorative service is held in support of the RSL in conjunction with Port Melbourne Primary School each year on ANZAC Day at the Port Melbourne World War I memorial fountain, Beach Street.


A memorial honouring old stories was unveiled at Burnett Gray Gardens, Ripponlea on 15 November 2015 as part of local Remembrance Day commemorations. This memorial is dedicated to Victorian Jewish soldiers who served in World War I and II.

For more information visit VAJEX Australia.

St Kilda

St Kilda RSL Sub-branch holds annual ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services.

World War Two – some significant dates for Australia

These dates are compiled from various sources and are indicative. For more information visit the Australian War Memorial website and the Shrine of Remembrance website.



1 September 1939

Germany invades Poland

3 September 1939

Britain and France declare war on Germany

3 September 1939

Declaration of Australia’s involvement in the war

April/May 1940

Germany invades Norway and Denmark and the Blitzkreig against Holland, France and Belgium is launched

26 May 1940

Evacuation of British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk, France

11 June 1940

Italy joins Axis powers

22 June 1940

France signs armistice with Germany

June 1940

Royal Australian Navy enters the war

July – October 1940

British victory in the Battle of Britain

September 1940

Japan joins Axis powers


Australian army engages in combat

22 June 1941

Germany invades Russia in Operation Barbarossa 

April to August 1941

Siege of Tobruk, North Africa

7 December 1941

Japan bombs Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, and the USA enters the war


John Curtain becomes Prime Minister of Australia

February 1942

Fall of Singapore to Japan and the bombing of Darwin

May 1942

Battle of Coral Sea

June 1942

Battle of Midway, Pacific Ocean

1942 to 1943

Battles in Papua New Guinea

November 1942

Allied victory at El Alamein, North Africa

12 May 1943

Axis powers surrender North Africa

3 September 1943

Italy surrenders

January 1944

Relief of Leningrad

6 June 1944

D-Day – the Allied invasion of France

July 1944

Japan evicted from Burma

7 May 1945

German High Command signs unconditional surrender

14 August 1945

Japan agrees to unconditional surrender


Image: Incident Room, Area Warden Post, Alexandra Hall, Nelson Road, South Melbourne. Port Phillip City Collection sm0806

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