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October-2016 (Michael Fathers)

Photographs supplied by Ian Bevege / Michael Fathers

The monument commemorates the Royal Australian Navy (R. A. N.) personnel who died in service, killed in action or wounded in the Asia-Pacific area during World War Two. 


Address:42 - 68 Palmer Street, Maritime Museum of Townsville, South Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.259244
Long: 146.823733
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


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1940 HMAS GOORANGAI, Auxiliary Minesweeper – Tasman Sea – 24 RAN casualties – ship lost
1941 HMS REPULSE, Battlecruiser – Kuantan, Malaya – 1 RAN casualty, 507 RN casualties – ship lost
1942 HMAS ARMIDALE [I], Corvette – Bentano Bay, East Timor – 40 RAN casualties – ship lost
1942 HMAS PERTH [I], Light Cruiser – Sunda Strait, Indonesia – 324 RAN, 3 RAAF casualties – ship lost
1942 HMAS CANBERRA [I], Heavy Cruiser – Savo Island, Solomon Islands – 193 RAN casualties – ship lost
1942 HMAS CHINAMPA, Auxiliary Ketch – Yamdena, Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia – 3 RAN casualties
1942 HAMS SWAN [II], Sloop – Darwin – 22 RAN casualties
1942 HMAS KUTTABUL, Accommodation Ship – Sydney Harbour – 21 RAN casualties – ship lost
1942 HMS SCORPION, River Gunboat – Banka Strait, Indonesia – 1 RAN casualty, 114 RN casualties – ship lost
1942 HMS SULTAN, Shore Base – Singapore – 9 RAN casualties
1942 HMAS YARRA [II], Sloop – Sunda Strait, Indonesia – 138 RAN casualties – ship lost
1942 HMAS GUNBAR, Auxiliary Minesweeper – Darwin – 9 RAN casualties
1943 HMAS PATRICIA CAM, Auxiliary Minesweeper – Wessel Islands, Arafura Sea – 5 RAN casualties – ship lost
1943 HMAS HOBART [I], Light Cruiser – Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu – 25 RAN casualties
1943 HMAS PIRIE, Minesweeper – Oro Bay, New Guinea - 11 RAN casualties
1944 HMAS AUSTRALIA [II], Heavy Cruiser – Letye Gulf, Philippines – 94 RAN casualties
1944 HMAS MATAFELE, Stores Carrier – Coral Sea, Papua New Guinea – 37 RAN casualties – ship lost without trace
1945 HMAS AUSTRALIA [II], Heavy Cruiser - Lingayen Gulf, Philippines – 113 RAN casualties
1945 HMAS COLAC, Minesweeper – Solomon Sea, Solomon Islands – 4 RAN casualties

All Australian Navy personnel serving on Defensively Equipped [Armed] Merchant Ship [DEMS] and Armed Merchant Cruisers [Auxiliary Cruisers].

HMAS MATAFELE left Townsville on 18 June 1944 with 24 RAN and 13 native crew bound for Milne Bay. It is believed she was torpedoed and sunk somewhere en-route – she was never heard from again.

HMAS WARRNAMBOOL [I], a Minesweeper, though not a war victim was sunk at Cockburn Reef [of Cape Melville] in 1947 while clearing a minefield laid by HMAS BUNGAREE in 1943. There were 33 RAN casualties.

Many of the above ships were visitors to Townsville during the war years. Built in Townsville, the small merchant ship HMAS Paluma was purchased by the RAN 11/9/41 while still under construction at Matt Taylor’s boatyard just down the road from this site. She was sold back to Matt Taylor after the war and served for many y

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Memorial to Royal Australian Navy personnell killed or wounded in the Asia-Pacific area during World War II

To all the brave sailors who served to save Australia from invasion.

This community honours you and gives you its heartfelt thanks.

Lest We Forget



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