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Observer Unit Memorial
Observer Unit Memorial

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The Observer Unit Memorial is a stone obelisk commemorating the 2nd / 1st North Australia Observer Unit that served in World War Two

The 2/1st North Australia Observer Unit (2/1 NAOU) was an Australian Army reconnaissance unit.  It was formed in May 1942 to patrol remote areas of northern Australia and provide warning to the Northern Territory Force of any Japanese landings. As the threat of Japanese landings declined 2/1 NAOU patrols were reduced in July 1943 and the unit was disbanded in March 1945.

Location

Address:Stuart Highway & O`Shea Terrace, O`Shea Park, Katherine, 0850
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -14.462764
Long: 132.260193
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:1990
Front Inscription

THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE 466 MEN WHO WITH 1500 HORSES, 6 COASTAL BOATS AND 60 RADIOS PATROLLED THE NORTHERN COASTLINE OF AUSTRALIA IN THE 2/1 NORTH AUSTRALIA OBSERVER UNIT (2/1 NAOU-AIF).

THE HEADQUARTERS OF THIS HIGHLY SPECIALIST FORCE OF EXPERT HORSEMEN, EXPERIENCED INFANTRYMEN AND WIRELESS OPERATORS WAS LOCATED IN THE TOWN OF KATHERINE. TODAY THE NORTH WEST MOBILE FORCE (NORFORCE) FOLLOWS THEIR LEAD WITH SIMILAR RESPONSIBILITIES AND TRADITIONS. 2/1 NAOU-AIF 1942-49 / NORFORCE 1991-

LEST WE FORGET.

Source: MA,SKP
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