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16-October-2013
16-October-2013

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The Battle of the Coral Sea was commemorated with the planting of three young Blackwood trees and the placing of plaques at ANZAC Memorial Park dedicated to World War Two cruisers the HMAS Hobart, HMAS Perth and HMAS Sydney.

During the Battle of the Coral Sea , the HMAS Hobart withstood an attack by eight Japanese twin engine torpedo bombers and 19 heavy bombers and shot down three enemy aircraft.

Location

Address:Lincoln Street & Park Road, ANZAC Memorial Park, Lindisfarne Point, Lindisfarne, 7015
State:TAS
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.852274
Long: 147.350455
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
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:Friday 4th May, 2007
Front Inscription

Plaque :

HMAS Perth  1939 - 1942
Battle Honours

Atlantic 1939-40         Matapan 1941
Mediterranean 1941     Malta Convoys 1941
Greece 1941               Pacific 1941-1942
Crete 1941                  Sunda Strait 1942

Sunk on 1st March 1942 after a fierce and valorous battle in the Sunda Strait against overwhelming odds
403 officers and men killed
223 surviving Prisoners of War

Unveiled by His Excellency the Honourable William Cox AC RFD ED Governor of Tasmania during a service to commemorate the Battle of the Coral Sea
4 May 2007

Plaque :

HMAS Hobart 1938 - 1947
Battle Honours

Mediterranean 1941  Indian Ocean 1941
Coral Sea 1942          Savo Island 1942
Guadalcanal 1942     Pacific 1942-1945

13 officers and men killed
Present in Tokyo Bay at the time of the Japanese surrender

Unveiled by His Excellency the Honourable William Cox AC RFD ED Governor of Tasmania during a service to commemorate the Battle of the Coral Sea
4 May 2007

Plaque :

HMAS Sydney 1935 - 1941
Battle Honours

Calabria 1940            Spada 1940
Destroyed the cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni off Cape Spade, 19 July 1940
Mediterranean 1940  Indian Ocean 1941

On 19 November 1941, 130 miles off the north-west coast of Western Australia, the HMAS Sydney engaged the German armed merchant cruiser Kormoran.  The Kormoran was disguised as a merchant ship flying the Dutch flag.  As a result of this engagement, the HMAS Sydney was lost with all 645 officers and men.

Unveiled by His Excellency the Honourable William Cox AC RFD ED Governor of Tasmania during a service to commemorate the Battle of the Coral Sea

4 May 2007

Source: MA
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