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17-April-2014
17-April-2014
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A plaque dedicated to the officers and men of HMAS Perth.

HMAS Perth was built at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard and commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Amphion on 15 June 1936. Purchased by the Australian Government, she was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 29 June 1939. The ship was torpedoed by the Japanese and sank on 1 March 1942. Of the Perth`s company of 686, only 218 were repatriated. Many became prisoners of war and were incarcerated in camp near Batavia, Java.

On August 12, the city's birthday plaque, erected in the Perth Town Hall in remembrance of HMAS Perth, will be unveiled by the Lieut.-Governor, Sir James Mitchell. The Lord Mayor, Dr. Meagher, said yesterday that the tablet was not to be regarded as a memorial, but as tribute to a gallant ship and to the fortitude and bravery of her crew.
Army News (Darwin, NT : 1941 - 1946), Friday 30 July 1943.

Location

Address:Hay Street, Perth Town Hall, Perth, 6000
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.954722
Long: 115.860278
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

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 12th August, 1943
Front Inscription

Dedicated
In Grateful Remembrance
To The Officers And Men
Of
H•M•A•S. PERTH
And in memory of
Their valourous deeds

The Mediterranean 1940-41
Battle of Cape Matapan
Crete
Battle of Java Sea

Erected by the Lord Mayor and Councillors
On behalf of the citizens of Perth
on the 12th, August 1943.
Dr. T. W. Meagher  Lord Mayor :  W. E. Bold  Town Clerk

Source: MA,SKP
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