HMAS Sydney II Memorial

The magnificent HMAS Sydney II Memorial, completed in 2001 has become the country's premier site for honouring the 645 Australian sailors who were lost of the Western Australian coast during a World War II battle with the German raider HSK Kormoran.

HMAS Memorial

HMS Sydney was built at Newcastle-on-Tyne, the keel being laid down in 1933 as HMS Phaeton. She was one of three light cruisers of the British Modified Leander class, but was subsequently purchased by the Commonwealth of Australia and renamed HMAS Sydney II. She was launched on 22 September 1934 and taken over from the builders on 24 September 1935.

HMAS Sydney II was ordered to the Mediterranean when the Second World War broke out. Her First action was to bombard the Libyan port of Bardia on the 21st of June 1940.

On the 27th June 1940, she went to sea in company with a cruiser squadron to provide convoy cover. On the 28th June 1940 HMAS Sydney II sank the Italian Destroyer Espero.

Geraldton’s memorial to HMAS Sydney has been named WA’s most popular museum attraction, from The West Australian Sept 24th, 2014.

 

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