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13-August-2015
13-August-2015

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The HMAS Sydney II Time Capsule commemorates the 61st anniversary of the sinking of the ship and the loss of 645 crew members. The plaque for Captain Burnett, the ship`s captain lies adjacent to the capsule. 

The most grievous loss suffered by the Royal Australian Navy occurred on 19 November 1941, when the cruiser HMAS Sydney was lost in action with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran off the Western Australian coast. None of the Sydney's complement of 645 men survived. The Kormoran was also sunk in the action. 

On 17 March 2008 the Australian Government announced that the wreckage of both HMAS Sydney and the German raider Kormoran had been found, approximately 112 nautical miles off Steep Point, Western Australia. Kormoran is lying at a depth of 2,560 metres; Sydney, approximately 12 nautical miles away, is at 2,470 metres.

Location

Address:H.M.A.S. Sydney II Memorial Avenue, Greys Plains, Carnarvon, 6701
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.898505
Long: 113.699935
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:19-November-1941
Actual Event End Date:19-November-2002

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 19th November, 2002
Front Inscription
HMAS SYDNEY II
TIME CAPSULE

This time capsule was buried on
Tuesday 19th November 2002
in memory of the 61st anniversary of the 
sinking of HMAS Sydney II and the loss of 645 crew members

This capsule is to be opened on the
19th November 2016
the 75th anniversary
Source: MA
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