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RAN Corvettes Memorial
RAN Corvettes Memorial

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A Memorial to all those who served in Corvettes and to those who lost their life in doing so during World War Two.

Corvettes were to the Navy what jeeps were to the army and DC3s to the Air Force - they did everything, everywhere. They served in every theatre of war, from the Atlantic to Tokyo. They served along the Australian coast, around New Guinea, the Halmaheras, Borneo, Brunei and took part in the island-hopping right up to Okinawa and Tokyo Bay. They served in the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Two of them, HMA Ships Maryborough and Wollongong, served in every theatre of war except the Arctic. They escorted convoys, sank submarines, shot at and sometimes shot down planes, swept mines, ferried troops, bombarded enemy shore guns, surveyed uncharted waters under the noses - and the guns - of the Japanese, towed damaged ships to safety and they even landed spies. The only thing they did not do was to stay long in harbour. They steamed a total of 11 million kilometres during the war, nearly all of it in dangerous waters, often behind enemy lines.


Address:High Street, Monument Hill Memorial Reserve , Fremantle, 6160
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.0525
Long: 115.756667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 7th October, 1984
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Corvettes - 56 gallant little ships of the RAN built very hurriedly in Australian Dockyards during 1939 to 1940. Areas of service - Pacific, Coral Sea, New Guinea, Timor, Burma, Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal. Their job - Minesweeping, troop convoy and landings, bombarding, commando support and aircraft barrage, hunting hostile submarines and keeping sea lanes open. The "Bollards" placed on the paved area symbolise those on the Fo`C`stle and the only seats available apart from the deck for the crew to escape the heat and oppression of the Mess Deck during their very limited leisure time.

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