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A monument commemorates South Australians who lost their lives on H.M.A.S. Sydney II (D48) during World War Two.

On 19 November 1941, H.M.A.S. Sydney, a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy with an impressive record of war service, was lost following a battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean off the Western Australian coast. The loss of the Sydney with its full war complement of 645 remains Australia’s worst naval disaster. The Kormoran was also sunk, but 317 of its crew of 397 were rescued.


Address:Semaphore & Fletcher Roads, Birkenhead Naval Reserve, Birkenhead, 5015
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.839146
Long: 138.498369
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:19-November-1941
Actual Event End Date:19-November-1941


Front Inscription
HMAS Sydney II
Back Inscription

HMAS Sydney D48

South Australians missing in action 19th Nov. 1941.

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HMAS Sydney II sunk with total loss of 645 officers and men after engaging and destroying the German raidër Kormoran off the Nth. West coast of Western Australia.

This memorial also commemorates the 60th anniversary of the end of WW2

Plaque donated by Mrs. Elma Wylie & Keith Shegog, (author of "Lost - But Not Forgotten.")

In memory of her late brother Able Seaman Robert Francis Coleman ex RAN.

Unveiled by the Mayor of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield  Fiona Barr and the President of the Port Adelaide subsection, Naval Association of Australia  Harley Doyle JP

19th November 2005

"Lest We Forget"


Source: MA,TOH
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