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The monument commemorates those who lost their lives in a H.M.A.S. Sydney Whaler sailing boat while on a training exercise in 1963. 

On October 17th, 1963, the whaler left H.M.A.S. Sydney with a crew of five young officers on a training cruise in the Whitsunday area. The boat failed to return and it was found 100 kilometreskms away on October 21st. H.M.A.S ANZAC found the bodies of two midshipmen in the whaler which was dismasted and swamped. 

An intensive sea, air and land search which lasted for several days failed to find any trace of the other three young officers.

The monument was organised by Allan Miles, CEO of the Operation Pilgrimage Group - Operation Pilgrimage consists of former members of the Australian Defence Forces who served together in the years between 1960 and 1977.



Address:Altmann Avenue , Lions Park, Cannonvale, 4802
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -20.272806
Long: 148.703703
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 25th October, 2015
Front Inscription

This MEMORIAL STONE and NAVAL ANCHOR is placed here in memory of the five Naval Officers from H.M.A.S. Sydney who were lost during a training excercise (sic) in October 1963
Sub Lt.          Norman Longstaff  R.A.N.R.    NSW
Midshipman  Brian Hayward Mayger          SA
Midshipman  Peter George Mulvaney        VIC
Midshipman  Graeme John Pierce              QLD
Midshipman  David James Sanders           NSW

Unveiled by Family Members

Erected by Whitsunday Regional Council
Mayor Jenny Whitney
Councillor Jan Clifford 
Whitsunday Regional Council

Operation Pilgrimage
Allan Miles  Project Co-ordinator
Operation Pilgrimage Group

Returned & Services League Australia
Bill Rose
Airlie Beach-Whitsunday Sub - Branch


Source: MA
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