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14-April-2015
14-April-2015

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An Australia Remembers plaque commemorates the re-introduction of major shipbuilding to Newcastle in World War Two.

 

Location

Address:Wharf Road, Harbour Foreshore, Newcastle, 2300
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.925443
Long: 151.776981
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:15-August-1945
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1995

Dedication

Front Inscription

World War II reintroduced major ship building to Newcastle.

In August 1941 the NSW Government chose the Dyke End, Carrington, as the site for its second State Dockyard.  The first, the Walsh Island Dockyard (1913 - 1933), contributed to Australia`s war effort inWorld War I.

The first vessel built at Carrington was launced on 3 June 1943.  Before the end of 1945, the dockyard had built the corvette HMAS "Strahan", the frigate HMAS "Condamine", and 20 lighters for the Australian Army and Navy, and USA Transportations Service.  Some 600 vessels, many damaged by enemy action, were docked and/or repaired.

The floating dock was moved in April 1943 from Walsh Island to Carrington with minimal disruption to the war effort.  Steel, ocean going tugs and barges were also built at J. & A. Brown's Workshop at Hexham and at Newcastle Steeleworks.

Timber work boats were built at Slazenger Construction and Stockton Slipways at Stockon and at Boyd`s at Swansea.

This Australia Remembers plaque was sponsored by Australian Defence Industries (ADI)

 

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