Manufacturers save the eternal flame


A quick response by manufacturing experts has kept the Eternal Flame at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance from going out.

The Eternal Flame – an enduring symbol of eternal life – has burned continuously since it was first lit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.

But when a recent inspection revealed its burner component had seriously deteriorated, there were concerns it may be extinguishing for the first time in 65 years, if not urgently replaced.

Unfazed by an engineering challenge, RMIT University and local manufacturer DANT Industries joined forces to design and manufacture a replacement that looked exactly like the original, within just 72 hours.