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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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 9th November, 2001|
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