Centaur Commemorations 2021

Due to the uncertainty in these COVID times, Centaur Commemorations this year will be affected by whatever restrictions are in force on the date proposed. Some plan to go ahead as normal, some will be adapted to the prevailing conditions and some will be cancelled for this year altogether. If you hope to attend any that are advertised below, please contact the organisers nearer to the time.

Brisbane, Qld.
Friday 14 May 2021, 10 am for 10.30 am

Please note change of location.

The Service will be held at the Australian Catholic University, 1100 Nudgee Rd, Banyo, with morning tea to follow. Take the main entrance off Nudgee Road which is very close to an entry/exit point of the freeway. The chapel is site 201. General parking is to the left of the main access road. A map of the layout can be found at

https:// http://www.acu.edu.au/locations/brisbane/brisbane-campus-map

Enquires: contact the Secretary, Georgina Blomfield 0411695317, or email: admin@centaurnursesfund.org.au

Canberra, ACT.
Friday 14 May 2021 at 4.45pm.

Please note change of time.

The Last Post Ceremony is ticketed due to COVID-19 and tickets for the Centaur Last Post Ceremony are available now via the Memorial’s website (awm.gov.au).

Ticket entry begins at 4.20pm with the ceremony beginning at 4.45pm. The ACT Government requires visitors to check in using the Check in CBR app. If you don’t have the app or a smart phone, staff can assist on entry. For those unable to attend personally, the ceremony can be viewed by live stream on


The Centaur casualty to be commemorated will be Pte Brian Burrett, Ship’s Medical Staff.

Melbourne, Vic.
Sunday 16 May, 2021. Shrine of Remembrance.

A special for this year will be a guided tour of the Imagining Centaur Exhibition at the
Shrine of Remembrance before the Centaur Last Post Service.


2.30pm. Guided tour. Meet at the Visitors Centre.

3.30pm. Afternoon tea.

4.45pm. Last Post Centaur Service. Assemble at the Forecourt at 4.30 for a 4.45 start time.

The Shrine is located on Birdwood Avenue and St Kilda Road, 1.3km from Flinders Street Railway Station. You can walk or take a tram from the city. Take any southbound tram from Federation Square (except Route 1) to Stop 19, the Shrine of Remembrance.

Please RSVP to the Secretary if you will be attending and whether you wish to lay a wreath. jthomas44@bigpond.com or tel: 02 6564 8400 (answering machine)

For any questions or assistance on the day please contact our Melbourne Representative, Tom Evans, on Mobile 0438 123 265.

Macksville, NSW.

Unfortunately there will be no Centaur Commemorations in Macksville this year.
Hopefully they will be resumed in 2022. Readers may wish to make their own commemorations at the War Memorial in River Street.

Caloundra, Qld.

Friday 14 May 2021 at 11am.

At the Memorial in Centaur Park.

Morning tea after the Service at Caloundra RSL. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath please see RSL Sub-Branch President and Service Chair, Heather Christie, before the Service begins. Enquiries: Caloundra Sub-Branch President, Heather Christie, tel: (07) 5438 5800.

Dapto, NSW.

Dapto-Port Kembla RSL sub-Branch plans to hold a small service with only a few people attending as they did last year.

Concord, Sydney. NSW.

Centaur Commemorative Services at Concord ceased in 2019. Because of COVID there was no Service last year. The Association is in consultation with the chaplains at Concord Hospital with a view to reviving the Centaur Commemorations in the chapel in the future. Such a Service would be organised by the Association and be smaller and more intimate than those previously conducted by the hospital. We hope to have news for you later in the year for a revived Service in 2022.

Centaur Primary School, Banora Point, NSW. Friday 14 May 2021.

Because of the uncertainty of the times Centaur Primary School will hold their commemorations at the school. COVID restrictions at the time of planning would have made a return of the whole school to the Memorial at Point Danger prohibitive. The Service will be limited to students, parents and a few invited guests.

Point Danger, NSW. Friday 14 May, 2021, 10am

The Grubmier (Robert Grainger MN) and Gilbert (Ptes Alan and Fred Fortier 2/12th FA) families invite readers to meet them at the Memorial for an informal commemoration. There is no program planned, just a meeting of like-minded people who wish to remember and pay homage to those who served on the Centaur. Afterwards it is proposed to repair to the nearby café for refreshments and fellowship.

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