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A Golden Cypress tree commemorates His Majesty's Australian Motor Launches which were lost in action during World War Two. 

Fairmile motor launches were small, fast, highly manoeuvrable, lightly-armed ships designed in the United Kingdom. They were originally intended to be used for coastal anti-submarine and convoy protection duties but soon proved to be vessels capable of much broader operational tasking.

In April 1941 the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) recognised the need for a vessel which could be built locally and used in the littoral waters of Australia, New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and their surrounding islands. On 5 January 1942 the War Cabinet gave approval to construct Fairmiles in Australia; and between November 1942 and April 1944, thirty-five vessels were commissioned into RAN service.



Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

This Golden Cypress tree
is dedicated to
H.M.A. Motor Launches in World War II.

Bundarra,  Fauro - Chief, Gladmore, Lolita, Marlean, Maroubra, Nereus, Siesta, Silver - Cloud, Sirocco, Starfish, Steady Hour, M.L. 30

Lest We Forget

Source: SKP
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