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HMAS Canberra Plaque
HMAS Canberra Plaque
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Bronze plaque dedicated to the memory of H.M.A.S. Canberra, during service with the Royal Australian Navy between 1928 and 1942. The vessell was sunk during the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942, with the loss of 84 individuals.

HMAS Canberra (I33/D33), named after the Australian capital city of Canberra, was a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) heavy cruiser of the Kent subclass of County class cruisers. Constructed in Scotland during the mid-1920s, the ship was commissioned in 1928, and spent the first part of her career primarily operating in Australian waters, with some deployments to the China Station.

At the start of World War Two, Canberra was initially used for patrols and convoy escort around Australia. In July 1940, she was reassigned as a convoy escort between Western Australia, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. During this deployment, which ended in mid-1941, Canberra was involved in the hunt for several German auxiliary cruisers. Canberra later joined Task Force 44, and was involved in the Guadalcanal Campaign and the Tulagi landings.

On 9 August 1942, Canberra was struck by the opening Japanese shots of the Battle of Savo Island, and was quickly damaged. Unable to propel herself, the cruiser was evacuated and sunk in Ironbottom Sound by two American destroyers.


Address:Ann Street, ANZAC Square, Shrine of Remembrance Crypt, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.466428
Long: 153.0265
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1928
Approx. Event End Date:1942


Front Inscription

 HAMS CANBERRA 1928 - 1942

     Pro Lege Rege et Grege
Flagship Australian Squadron. Indian
Ocean & Aust patrol 1941, South
Atlantic assisting in sinking German
Supply ship 'Coburg' and captured
tanker, 1942, with U.S. Task Force 44
South Pacific. During assault on Guadalcanal
sunk after enemy action in Battle
of Savo Island, 9 August 1942
Died in action 84

Source: SKP,QWMR, MA
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