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A plaque commemorates those who served in the 6th Australian Division A.I.F during World War Two.

The 6th Division was a unit of the Australian Army. It was raised briefly in 1917 during World War One, but was broken up to provide reinforcements before seeing action. It was not re-raised until the outbreak of World War Two, when it was formed as a unit of the Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF). Throughout 1940–41 it served in the North African campaign, the Greek campaign, on Crete and in Syria, fighting against the Germans, Italians and Vichy French. In 1942, the division left the Middle East and returned to Australia to meet the threat of Japan's entry into the war. Part of the division garrisoned Ceylon for a short period of time, before the division was committed to the New Guinea campaign.

In New Guinea, its component brigades saw action along the Kokoda Track, at Buna–Gona and around Salamaua–Lae in 1942–43. Throughout late 1943–44, the division was re-organised in Australia before being committed as a complete formation to one of the last Australian operations of the war around Aitape–Wewak in 1944–45.

Location

Address:River Street, Balmain Sailing Club, Balmain, 2041
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.851883
Long: 151.178026
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Monument Designer:Lyndon Dadswell

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 17th July, 1983
Front Inscription

In memory of the men of the 6th Australian Division who sailed from these shores during World War II 1939 - 45 to serve in N. Africa, Greece, Syria, Ceylon & Papua - New Guinea.

Unveiled by His Excellency Air Marshal Sir James Rowland K.B.E.  D.F.C.  A.F.C. K.St.J. Governor of N.S.W. on July 17th 1983

Sculptor Lyndon Dadswell C.M.G.

Source: MA
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