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27-March-2009 (Peter Williams)
27-March-2009 (Peter Williams)

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A plaque commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the departure of Expeditionary Force to New Guinea in 1914.

The expeditionary force of 1500 men were embarked on the troop ship Berrima on the 19th August 1914 and after a short stay on Palm Island for training and acclimatisation proceeded on to annex New Britain. This was the first force ever to leave Australia with its own ships, under the command of Australian officers.

The objective of the force was to capture wireless stations set up by the Germans in New Guinea.

Location

Address:Macquarie Street, Sydney Opera House forecourt, Sydney, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.858854
Long: 151.213772
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:19-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:19-August-1964
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 19th August, 1964
Front Inscription

This Plaque Was Erected To Commemorate
The 50th Anniversary Of The Departure Of
THE FIRST NAVAL AND MILITARY
EXPEDITIONARY FORCE TO NEW GUINEA
Which Left Sydney On The 19th August 1914
          19th August 1964

J. H. Luscombe          H. F. Jensen 
 Town Clerk.                  Lord Mayor.

 

Source: MA,SKP,NRWM
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