2nd / 1st Northern Observer Unit MemorialPrint Page
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.
|Address:||Stuart Highway & O`Shea Terrace, O`Shea Park, Katherine, 0850|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -14.462764|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||1990|
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.