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The Australia Remembers plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of World War Two and marks the site of the first hospital ship (H.M.A.H.S. Wanganella) to visit Newcastle during that conflict. 

"Australia Remembers, 1945-1995" was a program of activities organised by the Federal Government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War Two. 


Address:150 Wharf Road, Queens Wharf Hotel, Queens Wharf, Newcastle, 2300
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.925668
Long: 151.781955
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

Australia Remembers
1945 - 1995

This plaque marks the approximate 
site of the first Hospital Ship to 
visit Newcastle during World War II. 

Because of Japanese submarine 
presence outside Sydney in May 1945, 
H.M.A.H.S. Wanganella was diverted to Newcastle and 
made history as the first Hospital Ship to enter 
Newcastle Harbour. 

Medical Staff came from Sydney by train and on 
18th May, 1945 embarked close to where "The Brewery " 
now stands. Included with these were members of the
 2/5th and 2/9th A.G.H., some of whom were 
Newcastle residents. 

Sponsored by Queens Wharf Brewery

Source: MA
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