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The HMAS Sydney - What Have they notTold us

Updated on July 27, 2010

HMAS Sydney 1


HMAS Sydney1

The first HMAS Sydney was built in and launched on August 29, 1912 by Lady Henderson, the wife of the Admiral Sir Reginald Henderson

HMAS Sydney 2

HMAS Sydney 11

Built on July 8, 1933, as the HMAS Phaeton. The Australian Government bought it in 1934 renaming it in memory of the HMAS Sydney 1. On September 22, 1934 and launched by Ethel Bruce, the wife of The High Commissioner to Britain S M. Bruce. Then commissioned on September 24, 1935


The German ship Kormoran


Their last battle took place in 1941

During World War 11 the Sydney and Kormaran fought this battle off the coast of Western Australia on November 19, 1941. The battle and the subsequent sinking of these two ships shall always remain a controversial mystery. Not knowing the details resulted in much speculation as to what really happened. Why, was the majority of the Kormoran crew rescued, and held as prisoners of war, when all 645 crewmembers of the Sydney were lost at sea? Is there something they are not telling us?

We will possibly never have the answers to a lot of these questions:

Will we ever know what really happened to The HMAS Sydney on November 19, 1941?

How much information did the powers to be know, and not tell us?

Why were there no survivors?

Did our Government know where it went down? If so, Why not tell us.

Why had no government body searched for it before?

An analasis of The HMAS Sydney / HSK Kormoran engagement


HMAS Sydney 111 Aircraft Carrier was eventually sold for scrap on October 28 1975 after a long service to Australia

HMAS Sydney 111

This ship was an 695 foot long Aircraft Carrier and launched on December 30, 1944.

Read the history and life of this magnificent Aircraft Carrier


HMAS SYDNEY FOUND after 67 years of speculation, of its whereabouts and inuendos of coverups by the governments.

The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has declared the the Kormoran had been found on March16, 2008, then confirmation came through the

next day March 16 2008 that the Sydney had been found.

More details on the finding of the Wreck of HMAS Sydney

Family and friends may now be able to put their loved ones to Rest

We will never know how much the families have suffered, through the years of speculation and mysteries surrounding the sinking of the Sydney.

Maybe now they can put those memories behind them. Like so many who lost loved ones in any overseas wars, and times of trouble, it is the families left behind and the not knowing what happened to them that must have been the hardest part of losing them.

At last these families I hope will have answers to there questions.

Emotional time at the HMAS Sydney Wreath Laying

The HMAS Sydney and The Kormoran have both been found and pictures have been released.

Yesterday relatives and friends were at last able to put their loved ones to rest in peace. Retired Commodore Rory Burnett, the son of HMAS Sydney's commanding officer was joined by four relatives of the crewmen for the service held aboard the HMAS Anzac

A brass shell with the inscribed names of all the lost Australian sailers was thrown over the side of the Anzac at the site of the wreck.

Family members hugged each other and held hands when laying a wreath, sharing a sense of comraderie. The wreath laying overwhelmed all those who witnessed to memorial.

Tribute to the HMAS Sydney


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    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks monitor for your comments.

      Cgull I sure will as soon as they do let us in on all of this and will add pictures when we get them. Tar.

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      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Later update us if they solve this problem. The ministers should insist on this.

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      11 years ago from The world.

      Right there all the time. Why couldn't they spend a buck to allow the families to close on this. Just a bit of effrot was all. Look no use whining they have it now and finally we will all know.

      Great news. Thank you for letting us know and thanks for these links. heading over there now.


    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      11 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      You are not wrong. I still cannot work out how they couldnt find out years ago.

      After all it was virtually where the germans said. Thanks for reading all my hubs I really apreciate the comments.

    • cgull8m profile image


      11 years ago from North Carolina

      I hope the government finds the truth and settles it, it must be tough for the loved ones to go through this rumors and innuendos.

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      Om Prakash Singh 

      11 years ago from New Delhi

      Informative post firend.

      You are welcomed at my hub too.


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