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Thursday, 20 May 1920


The PRESIDENT -(Senator the Hon.T. Givens). - The gathering this evening is for the purpose of presenting the thanks of both Houses of the Parliament to the Navy, the Army, and all the Auxiliary Forces and Workers, the members of which fought and worked for our liberty in the Great War. I now invite Admiral Grant, Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Chauvel, and Lieutenant-General Sir John Monash to come forward as representatives of all those branches of the Service.

AdmiralGrant, Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Chauvel, and Lieutenant-General Sir John Monash having taken their places on the dais,

The PRESIDENT read the following resolution of thanks as passed by the

Senate, and presented each of the representatives with a copy thereof : -

That the thanks of the Senate be accorded to the officers, warrant officers, petty officers, and men of the Royal Australian Navy for their heroic services during four years of war in the guardianship of Australia and her commerce from the attacks of a lawless foe, for their unceasing vigilance in the patrol of many seas, for their courage and skill in safely convoying their soldier comrades to the main theatres of operations, and for their efficient co-operation with the Grand Fleet of the Empire.

Thatthe thanks of the Senate be accorded to the officers, warrant officers. N.C.O.'s, and men of the Australian Imperial Force for their unrivalled courage and efficiency, their cheerful endurance of unexampled hardships, and their magnificent achievements throughout four years of strenuous effort, with their comrades of the other portions of the British Empire in upholding the cause of human liberty.

That the thanks of the Senate be accorded to the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the Australian Air Force for their brilliant, daring, and conspicuous services over sea and land.

That the thanks of the Senate be accorded to the members of the Australian Army Medical Corps for the skilful discharge of their humane office, and for the unprecedented success which attended their unremitting labours to preserve the armed Forces of Australia from the ravages of disease.

That the thanks of the Senate be accorded to the women of the medical and other auxiliary services for their devotion in tending the sick and wounded and for other duties faithfully and bravely discharged.

That the thanks of the Senate he accorded to the fathers, mothers, wives, and sisters of Australia's sailors and soldiers, for their devotion, their service, and their sacrifice.

That the Senate records its deep appreciation of the efforts and gifts of the women, men, and children of Australia, for the mitigation of the hardships endured by sailors and soldiers, and for the alleviation of the sufferings of the sick and wounded.

That the thanks of the Senate be also accorded to the men who enlisted for home service, the munition and war workers, the mercantile marine, the Royal Naval Auxiliary Forces, and the Citizen Forces called up for Garrison Artillery work.

That the Senate acknowledges with deep reverence and submission the heroism of those who have fallen in the service of their country, and tenders its profound sympathy to their relatives in the hour of their sorrow and their pride.

That the foregoing resolutions be conveyed to the officers, men, and others referred to therein.







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