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The plaque commemorates H.M.A.S. Adelaide and all who served in her during World War Two. 

HMAS Adelaide was a Town class light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), named after Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Laid down in 1915, wartime shortages and design modifications meant the ship was not completed until 1922, earning her the nickname "HMAS Longdelayed". She was decommissioned in 1928, but was modernised and returned to service just before World War Two began.

During the war, Adelaide was involved in successful efforts to secure the colony of New Caledonia for Free France, was present during the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour, and intercepted the German blockade runner Ramses.


Address:Ann Street, ANZAC Square, Shrine of Remembrance Crypt, Brisbane, 4000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.466428
Long: 153.0265
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


Front Inscription

H. M. A. S. "Adelaide"

Laid down Cockatoo Dock Sydney  Jan. 1915

Commissioned July 1922

Recommissioned 1st Sept. 1939 

Decommissioned 26th Feb. 1945

H. M. A. S. "Adelaide" a 6 inch cruiser carried out invaluable convoy duties
Indian and Pacific Oceans

Dedicated to all those who served in her 


Source: QWMR, MA
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