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A plaque commemorates personnel who lost their lives on HMAS Sydney II which was sunk in the Indian Ocean in 1941.

HMAS Sydney II, named for the Australian city of Sydney, was one of three Modified Leander class light cruisers operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

On 19 November 1941, Sydney was involved in a mutually destructive engagement with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, and was lost with all 645 aboard. The wrecks of both ships were lost until 2008; Sydney was found on 17 March, five days after her adversary.


Address:Fraser Avenue, ANZAC Bluff, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Kings Park , 6005
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.960955
Long: 115.844831
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:19-November-1941
Actual Event End Date:19-November-1941


Front Inscription

H.M.A.S. Sydney II

Mediterranean 1940   Calabria  1940
Cape Spade    1940    Malta Convoys  1940
Adriatic Sea      1940    Kormoran 1941

This plaque is dedicated in solemn memory of the 645 personnel who lost their lives on HMAS Sydney when sunk in the Indian Ocean off the West Australian coastline between Geraldton and Carnarvon on the evening of 19 November 1941

Lest We Forget

Source: MA,SKP
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