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Plaque commemorates the survivors of the SS Koolama 1 which was attacked by the Japanese in 1942, and the overland trek they took. The site also commemorates a re-enactment of the trek in 1991.

Koolama Bay is situated on the remote North Kimberley Coastline. It is historically where the ship SS Koolama was sunk by Japanese bombers. The many people on board were stranded and it was the Indigenous Ballanggarra people of the Kalumburu mission that led the survivors through the remote bushland coast and to back to safety.

Location

Address:Cape Rulhieres, Wyndham, 6740
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -13.913056
Long: 127.356944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:20-February-1942
Actual Event End Date:20-February-1942
Link:http://www.acph.nicheit.com.au

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:March-1991
Front Inscription

CAPE RULHIERES. /THE FIRST ATTACK ON WESTERN AUSTRALIA 20TH FEBRUARY 1942 at 10:30am. / Site where the survivors of the SS Koolama 1 camped after being bombed by the Japanese. They were rescued by Father Seraphim Sanz and several Aboriginal men from the Drysdale Mission./  DRV. MECH. D.T. ANDERSON W 24263

Left Side Inscription

MARCH 1991. / THE ENACTMENT OF OVERLAND TREK TO DRYSDALE & KALUMBURU MISSIONS UNDERTAKEN BY KOOLAMA SURVIVORS FROM THIS COVE 26.2.42/  BILL LOANE, MARTIN JONES, RICHARD COURTNEY. / PLAQUE SET BY DUDLEY ANDERSON KOOLAMA SURVIVOR. C.D.C. GRAPHICS

Right Side Inscription

FEBRUARY 1942. ALFRED LLOYD COURTNEY LANDED IN THIS BAY/  MARCH 1991 Richard Lloyd Courtney landed in this bay following Father’s footsteps.

Source: ACPH
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