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Z Force Memorial
Z Force Memorial

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Peter F Williams / Ian Bevege

A monument commemorates Z Force who were a special group of commandos who trained in or around Cairns in World War Two. The monument was moved from HMAS Cairns naval base and rededicated.

Often known as Z Force, a joint Australian, British and New Zealand Commando Unit, saw action against the Japanese during World War Two. Z Special Unit carried out 284 covert operations in the South West Pacific Theatre. The most well-known of these are, a Kayak Raid on Singapore Harbour called Operation Jaywick and the subsequent Operation Rimau, in which all 23 participants were either killed in action or executed.

The MV Krait is a wooden hulled vessel famous for its use during by the Z Special Unit (Z Force) of Australia during the raid against Japanese ships anchored in Singapore Harbour. The raid was known as Operation Jaywick.



Address:Esplanade, near Cenotaph, Cairns, 4870
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.917332
Long: 145.775214
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:October-2007
Front Inscription

1939 WORLD WAR II 1945

In Memory Of The "HEROES" of M & Z Special Commando Units Who Trained On This Site And The Gallant Ship             "KRAIT"

This Memorial Was Erected By The Queensland Commando Association.


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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