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A chair commemorates Sister Margaret de Mestre, the first Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) nurse to be killed in action during World War Two.  The chair was rescued after Cyclone Tracy and restored.

Sister Margaret de Mestre of the Australian Army Nursing service was killed in the second attack on the Manunda in Darwin harbour on the19 February 1942.   On the morning of 19 February 1942, Manunda was damaged during the Japanese air raids on Darwin. 13 members of the ships’ crew and hospital staff were killed, 19 others were seriously wounded and another 40 or so received minor wounds.

The first AIF nurse to be killed in action is Sister Margaret de Mestre, 20, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. de Mestre. of Bellingen, who was killed on February 19 when the Japanese bombed an Australian hospital ship in Darwin Harbour. The Japanese denied bombing the hospital ship, but Mr. Curtin, Prime Minister, announced that the ship was hit.
The Argus (Melbourne), 26 February 1942.


Address:Harry Chan Avenue & Smith Street, Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin, 0800
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.466111
Long: 130.845
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Seat
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:19-February-1942
Actual Event End Date:19-February-1942


Front Inscription

AMDG and in memory of Sister de Mestre

Killed in action on Hospital Ship Manunda

19th February 1942.

Presented by Matron McQuade White, N.T. Force.

Source: MA
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