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14-September-2014
14-September-2014

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A Memorial and Park commemorates those who lost their lives in the sinking of the hospital ship Centaur during World War Two. The memorial and park were opened in 1968 by the Premier, Sir Frank Nicklin, and dedicated by Rev Alcorn, Naval Chaplain. New plaques were added on 14 May 1993, the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the Centaur.

On 14 May 1943 the Australian Hospital Ship "Centaur" was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine 10 miles east of Cape Moreton. There were no patients on board but 229 crew and medical personnel lost their lives, while 64 survivors were rescued after 36 hours in the sea. Sister Savage , the only nurse of 12 to survive, described her ordeal, at first being sucked into a terrific whirlpool with the sinking ship which caused fractures and bruises.

On Remembrance Day 1995 Mrs Leneen Forde, Governor of Queensland, opened a walkway leading from Centaur Park to the main war memorial. Personal tributes are embedded along the edge of the walkway. Plaques also to service personnel who served from World War One to Vietnam.

Location

Address:Esplanade, Centaur Park, Wickham Point, Caloundra, 4551
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.80283
Long: 153.14679
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:14-May-1943
Actual Event End Date:14-May-1943

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1968
Front Inscription

      CENTAUR PARK 
THIS PARK HAS BEEN DEDICATED BY
THE ROTARY CLUB OF CALOUNDRA
TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE GALLANT MEMBERS
OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY NURSING SERVICE,
THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY MEDICAL CORPS
AND THE MERCHANT MARINE
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SINKING
OF THE HOSPITAL SHIP CENTAUR. 
         · · · · · · · · · · ·
AT APPROXIMATELY 4.10 A.M. ON FRIDAY
MAY 14th 1943, THE CENTAUR WAS
TORPEDOED BY AN ENEMY SUBMARINE
SOUTH EAST OF CAPE MORETON.

OF THE 332 PERSONS ON BOARD
ONLY 64 SURVIVED. 

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

Source: MIV,QWMR, MA
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