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A plaque commemorates the opening and dedication of the Ken Morrison Memorial Centre in memory of Monsignor Ken Morrison, who was the founding father of the Royal Australian Air Force Chaplaincy. The centre was opened to mark the 50th year of RAAF Chaplaincy. 

Early in 1936 Father (later Monsignor) Kenneth Morrison was asked by Archbishop Mannix to investigate the possibility of having himself appointed as Chaplain at the RAAF Bases Laverton and Point Cook in the State of Victoria – to take what time was necessary and not to come back to him until he knew all the facts. From May 1936, Father Morrison began to attend Laverton and Point Cook for Sunday Masses, and also for interviews and visitation during the week. Finally, his appointment as Chaplain was officially made. At the outbreak of war in 1939, all the part-time Air Force Chaplains were called up for permanent duty.




Address:Aerodrome Road, St Mark`s Church, East Sale, 3850
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.105347
Long: 147.123104
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 26th November, 1990
Front Inscription

To Mark The 50th Year Of RAAF Chaplaincy
            The Chapels Of
                 St Mark
         St John the Evangelist
Dedicated To The Worship Of Almighty God
             And The
 Ken Morrison Memorial Centre
Opened And Dedicated To The Memory Of
Monsignor Ken Morrison
A Founding Father Of RAAF Chaplaincy
The Most Revd. G. Mayne AM
The Revd G. Crossman CBE
Members of the Religious Advisory Committee To The Services
Chaplain (Air. Cdre) R. H. Boerth Principal Chaplain - FD
Chaplain (Air. Cdre) W. T. Wheeler Principal Chaplain - AMG
Chaplain (Air. Cdre) J. J. White Principal Chaplain - RC

           26 November 1990
At The Request Of Group Captain D. J. C. Riding DFC Officer Commanding East Sale
Wing Commander K. N. Birrer Commanding Officer Base Squadron
                Base Chaplains
Chaplain (Sqnldr) R. D. Thompson Co-ordinating Chaplain
Chaplain (Fltlt) F. D. Voscerau 

                1940  1990

RAAF Chaplain Branch Jubilee
A Faithful Past - Faith For The Future


Source: MA
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