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Plaque 1 : 17-February-2016
Plaque 1 : 17-February-2016

The monument commemorates those Australians who fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 and Rear Admiral Sir John Crace. 

CIC Australia built a 2.5 metre high and 12 metre long memorial, which was erected as the centerpiece of a community park at the highest point of Crace. The memorial tells the story of the battle and of Australia’s involvement, and commemorates those who fought there, some of who still live locally. The memorial was dedicated on the 70th anniversary of the Battle. 

The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought from 4–8 May 1942, was a major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval and air forces from the United States and Australia. The battle was the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other, as well as the first in which neither side's ships sighted or fired directly upon the other.

Sir John Gregory Crace KBE, CB, RAN (6 February 1887 – 11 May 1968), also known as Jack Crace, was an Australian who came to prominence as an officer of the Royal Navy (RN). Crace nevertheless spent a great deal of his career with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). He commanded the Australian-United States Support Force (Task Force 44) at the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942.

The suburb of Crace is named after Crace's father, Edward Kendall Crace.


Address:Samaria Street, Hill Top Reserve, Crace, 2911
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.202312
Long: 149.112037
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-May-1942
Actual Event End Date:08-May-1942


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 5th May, 2012
Inscription in Proximity

This memorial was officially dedicated to 
those Australians who fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea 
and Admiral Sir John Gregory Crace KBE CB

Dedicated on the 70th anniversary of the battle by 
Vice Admiral Peter Jones DSC, AM, RAN
              5th May 2012

Source: MA,DVA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au