Visiting Geraldton’s historical settlements and monuments is like stepping back in time. The region boasts a rich maritime, pioneering and indigenous history.
Here’s what we learned:
This magnificent memorial has become the country’s premier site for honouring the 645 Australian servicemen who were lost during a World War II battle in 1941.
The HMAS Sydney II and her men disappeared after a battle with the German raider, HSK Kormoran. While the Kormoran was also lost, many of her crew survived the ordeal.
This beautifully designed memorial features a silver dome of 645 seagulls, each representing one of the lost HMAS Sydney II crew.
A southern wall shows photographs of the ships and the names of the HMAS Sydney crew. To the north, a bronze statue of a woman gazes out to sea as she awaits news of the ill-fated Sydney.
After many years of research by various groups the wreckage of the HSK Kormoran was located Wednesday 12 March 2008 at a depth of approx 2.560 metres approx 207km from the west coast (steep Point) of Western Australia at 26 OS’ 49.4″ Sand 111 04′ 27.5″ E.
Finally Australia’s most enduring maritime tragedy was solved with the discovery of the wreck of HMAS Sydney II on Sunday 16 March 2008 at a depth of approx 2.468 metres approx 207km from steep point at 26 14’37” Sand 111 13′ 03″ E.
After 67 years the sea gave up its watery secrets of the final acts between HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran.
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