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The HMAS Sydney - What Have they notTold us
HMAS Sydney 1
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?
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.
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
Link to the HMAS Sydney11 Memorial in Geraldton
- Geraldton HMAS Sydney 11 Memorial
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,...