50th Anniversary of First Naval and Military Expeditionary ForcePrint Page
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.
|Address:||Macquarie Street, Sydney Opera House forecourt, Sydney, 2000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.858854|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||19-August-1914|
|Actual Event End Date:||19-August-1964|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 19th August, 1964|
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.