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12-October-2020 (Stephen Warren)
12-October-2020 (Stephen Warren)

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Stephen Warren

The Observer Unit Memorial is a stone obelisk commemorating the 2nd / 1st North Australia Observer Unit that served in World War Two

The 2nd / 1st North Australia Observer Unit (2/1 NAOU) was an Australian Army reconnaissance unit.  It was formed in May 1942 to patrol remote areas of northern Australia and provide warning to the Northern Territory Force of any Japanese landings. As the threat of Japanese landings declined 2/1 NAOU patrols were reduced in July 1943 and the unit was disbanded in March 1945.

Location

Address:Stuart Highway , Ryan Park, Katherine, 0850
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -14.463197
Long: 132.260071
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1991
Front Inscription

THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE 466 MEN
WHO WITH 1500 HORSES, 6 COASTAL BOATS AND
60 RADIOS PATROLLED THE NORTHERN COASTLINE
OF AUSTRALIA IN THE 2/1 NORTH AUSTRALIA
OBSERVER UNIT (2/1 NAOU-AIF).THE
HEADQUARTERS OF THIS HIGHLY SPECIALIST
FORCE OF EXPERT HORSEMEN, EXPERIENCED
INFANTRYMEN AND WIRELESS OPERATORS WAS
LOCATED IN THE TOWN OF KATHERINE. TODAY
THE NORTH WEST MOBILE FORCE (NORFORCE)
FOLLOWS THEIR LEAD WITH SIMILAR
RESPONSIBILITIES AND TRADITIONS.

2/1 NAOU-AIF 1942-49 NORFORCE 1991

LEST WE FORGET.

Source: MA,SKP
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