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HMAS Sydney Plaque
HMAS Sydney Plaque
Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

The bronze plaque commemorates the Cruiser HMAS Sydney, which was lost with all crew on the 19th November 1941, off the Western Australian coast.

On 19 November 1941, Sydney was involved in a mutually destructive engagement with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, and was lost with all 645 aboard. The wrecks of both ships were lost until 2008; Sydney was found on 17 March, five days after her adversary.



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
Approx. Event Start Date:1935
Approx. Event End Date:1941


Front Inscription

H.M.A.S. Sydney  1935 - 1941

- Cruiser-
Sister ship of H.M.A.S Hobart  H.M.A.S Perth

 "Thorough and ready'

1939-40 Indian Ocean convoy escort duties

May-December 1940 - Mediterranean - 7th Cruiser Squadron

June 21 Bombarded Bardia.

June 28 Sank enemy destroyer  "Espero" by gunfire.

July 9 Pursued and shelled enemy fleet during the Battle of Calabria.

July 19 Attacked 2 enemy cruisers off Cape Spade - Crete with eventual sinking of the "Bartolomeo Colleoni "

July 28 Sank enemy tanker

August - November convoy escorting to Malta - Crete - supply duties to Greece

November 12 Attacked enemy convoy in Adriatic Sea 3 convoy ships sunk 1 Destroyer Escort damaged.

1941- Escort duties - Indian Ocean-

November 19 Off West Australian Coast - engaged Enemy raider "Kormoran" which was scuttled after fierce action.

"Sydney" afire disappeared without trace.  Her entire crew 645 perished.




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