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A plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific in World War Two.

VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day, also referred to as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, is celebrated on 15 August. This date commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over.

Just days after the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan surrendered to the Allied powers. World War II was over, and with it, 6 years of wartime privations. Some 34,000 Australians were lost forever, but many loved ones would be returning home. In Australia, Prime Minister Ben Chifley announced the news in a radio broadcast at 9.30am on Wednesday 15 August 1945. Australian cities and towns immediately erupted in spontaneous carnival and celebration. By evening, the jubilant crowds were the biggest ever to have assembled in Australia.


Address:412 Stanley Street, HMAS Diamantina, Queensland Maritime Museum, South Brisbane, 4101
GPS Coordinates:Lat: 27.481855
Long: 153.026697
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:15-August-1945
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1995


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 15th August, 1995
Front Inscription

Australia Remembers
1945 - 1995

Commemorating The 50th Anniversary
Of Victory In The Pacific

Presented To The Queensland Maritime
Museum By Former Personnel Of H.M.A.S.
"Diamantina" Who Had Served On This
Ship Between The Years Of 1945 To 1980.

15th August 1995


Source: MA
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