Service commemorates HMAS tragedy

 This year will mark 77 years since the sinking of the HMAS  Sydney  II.

This year will mark 77 years since the sinking of the HMAS Sydney II.

This year will mark 77 years since the sinking of the HMAS Sydney II and the legacy of Australia’s greatest naval tragedy will be remembered with a commemorative service.

The annual ceremony held on Monday 19 November will pay homage to 645 crew members who lost their lives at sea after the ship sunk off the Geraldton coast in 1941.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said hundreds flock to the ceremony every year to honour the significant tragedy.

“The battle of the HMAS Sydney II and the German ship the HSK Kormoran is a significant part of Geraldton’s history and our nation’s history,” he said.

“It is only fitting that we pay our respects to those who lost their lives.”

LCDR, RANR Desmond Woods will deliver the main address on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy and guest speakers will include Memorial artists, Joan and Charlie Smith.

The commemorative service will be held at the HMAS Sydney II Memorial on Gummer Avenue on Monday 19 November at 5pm.

To ensure a quiet and reflective HMAS Sydney II Memorial Service, Gummer Avenue carpark will be closed to traffic from 3pm to 8pm.

The City encourages residents to park at the QEII Seniors and Community Centre as there will be a free shuttle bus service.

The service will take passengers from the QEII Seniors and Community Centre to the Memorial from 4.15pm and return to the Centre after the service.

For more information regarding the service, contact the City on 9956 6600.