The First Military Memorial
of National Significance
"When you go home tell them of us, and say for your tomorrow we gave our today"
 

Ceremonies / Important Notices

Important Notices

COVID19
In view of the social distancing and other restrictions now in place, The Trustees suggest that all visitors to the Memorial practice 'Social Distancing' while at the Memorial & Gardens Precinct.
Further, The Trustee advise that all services at the Australian Ex-POW Memorial are cancelled until further notice.
 
Memorial Maintenance Works   
During 2020, maintenance work will be completed by the City of Ballarat maintenance team www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
These repairs ensure the Memorial is maintained in a pristine condition into the future. The Trustees and the City of Ballarat apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
 
 
Names of POW's
The Trustees conduct Research into the status of Australian Prisoners of War throughout the year. These newly discovered names of Prisoners of War are engraved annually onto the Memorial Wall in early December. Should you wish to add a name or include information please Contact Us.

Dedication and Anniversary Events

The Annual Anniversary Service is held on the 2nd Sunday in February commencing at 11am Wreath & Book Laying registration for a 11.30am start, and the General Public is welcome;
 
2021-14th February (17th Anniversary)
2022-13th February (18th Anniversary)
2023-12th February (19th Anniversary)
2024-11th February (20th Anniversary)
2029-11th February (25th Anniversary) Opening of Time Capsule buried in 2004

ANZAC Day 25th April

A Wreath Laying Service is conducted at the Memorial each ANZAC Day at 9am prior to the main ANZAC Day Service at the Ballarat Cenotaph

Remembrance Day 11th November

A Wreath Laying Service is conducted at the Memorial each Remembrance Day at 11.45am following the main Remembrance Day Service at the Ballarat Cenotaph
 
 
FLAG PROTOCOL
The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial flies 5-Flags, these are The Australian National Flag (ANF), Royal Australian Navy Ensign, The Royal Australian Air Force Ensign, The Australian Red Ensign representing the Merchant Navy; these Flags are located in the main forecourt of the Memorial and fly left to right looking North. The National Prisoners' of War Flag is flown at the start of the Memorial. 
The Trustees follow strict Commonwealth Flag Protocol at all times...Written Authorities are held from Chief of Navy & the Chief of Air Force to fly the Navy & Air Force Ensigns and as all flags fly 24/7, they are illuminated at night.
All flags are replaced at least twice a year or as needed and are destroyed with dignity & respect and in private.


Other Ceremonies

Other service organizations are encouraged to utilize the Memorial for your Ceremony or Service. Please contact the Trustees or the City of Ballarat to arrange and discuss your requirements.

Tours

If you or your group would like a guided tour of the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial please email the Trustees (under Contacts) your details, itinerary and number of people attending and we will endeavor to give you and your group an experience of the designers "Stone Garden Journey". With over 36,400 names listed on the Memorial there are over 36,400 stories waiting to be told.