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Memorial to the captains and crews of World War Two Corvettes. The Corvettes were a fleet of 56 small minesweeper, convoy and sub-chasing vessels, each named after a country town.
|Address:||Garden Island Naval Base , Garden Island, 2000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.859237|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Monument Designer:||Richard Goodwin|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1996|
A NATION`S PAST IS THE RESERVOIR
FROM WHICH IT DRAWS
STRENGTH AND INSPIRATION FOR ITS FUTURE
HONOURS THE 56 AUSTRALIAN BATHURST CLASS CORVETTES
AND THE MEN WHO BUILT AND SAILED IN THEM
MAY THEIR DEEDS GIVE STRENGTH AND INSPIRATION
TO ALL WHO NOW BEAR THE TORCH OF FREEDOM
LEST WE FORGET
These Men Gave Their Lives
(List of Corvettes)
(Plaque in proximity)
THE NATIONAL CORVETTE MEMORIAL
This National Corvette Memorial honours the 56 Navy Corvettes of World War Two and the Australian sailors who sailed the seas in them in war and peace.
The superstructure symbolises a shipyard with the bow of a Corvette emerging through a wave and thrusting seaward, seeking the element in which it is to serve. In this historic maritime setting, between the sea and a working dockyard, it expresses a sense of naval authority and tradition, the manifestation of the nation`s security at sea.
The plaque, set in a stylised monolith, lists the names of the cities and towns the Corvettes proudly boreand the areas in which they served. It immortalises those of their ship`s companies who lost their lives in our country`s service, their names set in bronze.
The items and uniforms in the glass capsule belong to those whose arduous service in Corvettes is commemorated and the bosun`s pipe and navigator`s sextant typify the unique character of naval life.
The Memorial, symbolic and contemporary in concept, preserves for future generations a sense of the achievements of a generation past, in a time of desperate national peril.
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY CORVETTE ASSOCIATION