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27-March-2009 (Peter Williams)
27-March-2009 (Peter Williams)

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams / Russell Byers

The plaque commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the departure of Expeditionary Force to New Guinea in 1914.

The expeditionary force of 1500 men were embarked on the troop ship Berrima on the 19th August 1914 and after a short stay on Palm Island for training and acclimatisation proceeded on to annex New Britain. This was the first force ever to leave Australia with its own ships, under the command of Australian officers.

The objective of the force was to capture wireless stations set up by the Germans in New Guinea.


Address:Macquarie Street, Sydney Opera House forecourt, Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.858854
Long: 151.213772
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:19-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:19-August-1964


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 19th August, 1964
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This plaque was erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the departure of the first naval and military expeditionary force to New Guinea which left Sydney on the 19th August 1914

19th August 1964

J. H. Luscombe          H. F. Jensen 
Town Clerk.                Lord Mayor.


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