Events coming up

Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) - *** Wednesday April T.B.A., 2019. 1:00pm start. ***

Location : ANZAC House, 4 Collins St., Melbourne, Victoria.

The Annual General Meeting of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Association. All members are welcome to attend.

Annual Reunion - *** Merged into ANZAC Day Post March Luncheon. ***

The Annual Reunion Luncheon of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion was traditionally held on the day before ANZAC Day every year (formerly at the Maribyrnong R.S.L.) until 2009 when it was held at the Fairfield R.S.L. up to 2013. 2010 was the 70th Anniversary of the formation of the Battalion. See previous Reunion photos.

ANZAC Church Service - *** Sunday April T.B.A., 2019. ??:00am start. ***

Location : St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1 Cathedral Place, East Melbourne, Victoria (changes every year).

All Veterans, serving Defence Force members, their families and friends are invited to attend this impressive service. The 2012 and 2015 services were held at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, Victoria. The 2011, 2014 and 2016 services were held at St. Paul's Cathedral, Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria. The service for 2010 was held at Wesley Church, 148 Lonsdale St., Melbourne, Victoria (Melway 1B R3). See previous ANZAC Church Service photos.

ANZAC Service (Essendon R.S.L.) - *** Sunday April T.B.A., 2019. March at ??:55pm then ceremony at ??:00pm. ***

Location : Cenotaph, Queens Park, Corner Mt. Alexander Rd. and Kellaway Ave., Moonee Ponds, Victoria (Melway 84A D2).

ANZAC Service in conjunction with Moonee Valley Council. See previous ANZAC Service photos.

ANZAC Dawn Service - *** Thursday April 25th, 2019. 5:45am. ***

Location : Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Victoria (Melway 2F J12).

ANZAC Dawn Services are held annually in every capital city / major populace in Australia and many locations around the world (for example, the pilgrimage to Gallipoli, Turkey continues to grow in size every year). This emotional event commences at 6am. No lights or noise please (mobile phones to be switched OFF). Note that parking is not permitted in the Shrine grounds or Birdwood Avenue. See previous ANZAC Dawn Service photos.

ANZAC Day March - *** Thursday April 25th, 2019. Assembly time 9:00am. ***

Location : Assembly in Flinders Street, east of Swanston Street, on St. Paul's Cathedral side of road, in Melbourne, Victoria (Melway 2F G7). Look for the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion banner.

Originally, ANZAC Day remembered the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (A.N.Z.A.C.) landings at Gallipoli on 25/04/1915 in World War 1 but has since become a commemoration of all service men and women who served Australia in times of war and died. ANZAC Marches are held annually in every capital city / major populace in Australia and many locations around the world. The Pioneers, relations and friends march as part of the ANZAC March along St. Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Victoria. Transport is arranged for all veterans (one carer may travel with each veteran). Family and friends (in neat attire) march six abreast behind the cars and marching veterans. Deceased's medals are to be worn on right breast only. See previous ANZAC Day photos.

*** POST MARCH GROUP PHOTO ***

Upon conclusion of the march and arrival at the Shrine, everyone needs to promptly move to the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion banner's location where the photo will be taken.

Post March Luncheon - *** Thursday April 25th, 2019. 12:30pm start. ***

Location : Cafe Vic, Arts Centre, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria (Melway 2F G7).

ANZAC Day post march luncheon all Pioneer family and friends are welcome to attend. Lunch is T.B.A. per person.

*** EVERYONE MUST REGISTER BY APRIL T.B.A. WITH THE ASSOCIATION SECRETARY OR VIA THE CONTACT US WEBPAGE SO SEATS CAN BE CONFIRMED. ***

Traditionally, the Post March Luncheon was held at the Waterside Hotel, corner of King Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria until 2013 but the group is now so large that an alternative venue had to be found. See previous Luncheon photos.

Annual Pilgrimage - *** Sunday June 16th, 2019. Assembly time 1:45pm. ***

Location : Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Victoria (Melway 2F J12).

The Annual Shrine Pilgrimage of the 2/2 Pioneer Battalion occurs on the Sunday closest to the actual date, 17/06/1941, when the Battalion first went into action at Fort Merdjayoun during the Syria Campaign. Members of the Battalion, family and friends gather on the forecourt near the Eternal Flame at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Victoria before marching up the stairs into the Shrine for the Remembrance ceremony. This includes reading out the names of those soldiers who have passed away since the last Pilgrimage and a Battalion soldier's background prepared by a family member. Also, the bugle calls The Last Post and Reveille are sounded. The 2/2 Pioneer Battalion Flag is flown on one of the flag poles across from the Eternal Flame during the Pilgrimage. Afterwards, a light afternoon tea is enjoyed by all and tours are led out to the Battalion Tree on the west slope of the Shrine. See previous Pilgrimage photos.

Annual Picnic - *** None planned at present for 2018. ***

Location : Oaks Picnic Area, Jells Park South, Ferntree Gully Rd entrance, Wheelers Hill, Victoria (Melway 72 A9).

The 2/2 Pioneer Battalion used to have their annual gathering at Jells Park, Wheelers Hill. In 2008, the Younger Generation Group decided to rekindle the spirit of those family picnics as an annual event. Facilities include car parking close to picnic tables and rotunda, free electric BBQs, play equipment for children and toilets close by. See previous Picnic photos.

Excursion - *** None planned at present for 2018. ***

Annual excursion. So far, we have visited :

Overseas Group Trip - *** None planned at present for 2018. ***

So far, we have visited :