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Royal Australian Navy Corvettes : 7-March-2012
Royal Australian Navy Corvettes : 7-March-2012
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Commemorates the naval personnel who served in the 56 Bathurst Class Corvettes during World War Two


Address:300 Waterdale Road, Repatriation Hospital, Remembrance Garden, Heidelberg, 3081
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.755725
Long: 145.047069
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 9th November, 2001
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Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Association

This plaque is dedicated to commemorate the memory of the gallant men who served in the 56 Bathurst Class Corvettes during World War II 1939-1945.    The corvettes were the workhorses of the Royal Australian Navy and served in all theatres of war - convoy escorts, submarine surveillance, mine sweepers, survey and assualt ships.  They operated in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Philippines, Atlantic, Indian & Pacific Oceans, China Seas, Japan as well as in Australian waters.

They evolved because of a dire need for a quickly constructed ship and were Australian made at local shipyards and engineering plants.  They were named after the fifty-six regional cities and towns of Australia which helped finance them through wartime community fund raising by the town folk.  An outstanding phase and never to be forgotten chapter in the history of the Royal Australian Navy.

Lest We Forget.

Ararat  Armidale  Ballarat  Benalla  Bendigo  Bowen  Broome  Bunbury  Bundaberg  Burnie  Cairns  Castlemaine  Cessnock  Colac  Cootamundra  Cowra  Deloraine  Dubbo  Echuca  Fremantle  Gawler  Geelong  Geraldton  Gladstone  Glenelg  Goulburn  Gympie  Horsham  Inverell  Ipswich  Junee  Kalgoorlie  Kapunda  Katoomba  Kiama  Latrobe  Launceston  Lismore  Lithgow  Maryborough  Mildura  parkes  Pirie  Rockhampton  Shepparton  Stawell  Tamworth  Toowoomba  Townsville  Wagga  Wallaroo  Warrnambool  Wyalla  Wollongong

In excess of 10,000 crew members served in the corvettes throughtout the war.

Length: 186 feet  Width: 31 feet  Weight: 768 tons  Ships crew : 90

Ken Stevenson President Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Association Inc.

Wording by CHarles Hook Royal Australian Navy Corvettes Association Inc.

Unveiled on 9 November 2001



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