Battle for Australia
The Battle for Australia was a series of military actions fought from 1942-43 during World War 11.
Prime Minister of Australia The Hon.John Curtin announced the Battle for Australia when Singapore fell to the Japanese on the 15th February 1942.
On the 26th June 2008 the Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery, officially proclaimed that the first Wednesday in September would be known as the Battle for Australia Day, thus becoming a day of national observance.
It is important to note that the proclamation of Battle for Australia will not detract from the importance of Australia’s two most significant day of commemoration, Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, when we remember all Australians who served and died in war and conflict and peace operations.
Locally the Battle for Australia was first observed by Smithfield RSL Sub-Branch on the first Wednesday in September 2001. On this day, veterans and their families came to honour sacrifices made for the protection of Australia itself.
Smithfield RSL Sub-Branch has continued a service for the Battle of Australia on the first in September every year since 2001.
Smithfield RSL Sub-Branch will conduct a service for the Battle of Australia in the Memorial Park, Cumberland Highway, Smithfield (opposite the Smithfield RSL Club Ltd) at 11am on Wednesday 3rd September 2014.
An invitation is extended to any person to attend this service.