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14-April-2017
14-April-2017
Photographs supplied by Chris McLaughlin

A plaque commemorates H.M.A.S. Goorangai and the Minesweepers which served in World War Two. 

On the night of 20 November 1940, Goorangai was crossing the mouth of Port Phillip Bay to anchor at Portsea for the night. The minesweeper was sailing under 'brownout' conditions, with minimal lighting. At 20:37, MV Duntroon, en route to Sydney, emerged from Port Phillip Bay and cut Goorangai in two. The small auxiliary sank within a minute, taking all 24 personnel aboard with her. Only six bodies were recovered, one of which couldn't be identified. Goorangai and her ship's company were the RAN's first loss in World War Two, and the first RAN surface ship ever to be sunk while in service.

Location

Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2

Dedication

Front Inscription

H.M.A.S. GOORANGAI
AND MINESWEEPERS

Source: MA,SKP
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