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The monument commemorates the loss of the H.M.A.S. Sydney in 1941 during World War Two.

At least nine Macarthur area families had brothers, fathers, grandfathers and uncles aboard the H.M.A.S.  Sydney. The cruiser disappeared beneath the waters off the Western Australian coast on November 19, 1941, with the loss of 645 lives following a surprise attack by the German raider HSK Kormoran which was also lost in the battle. 

In March 2008 shipwreck hunter David Mearns commenced a search for the two wrecks. Kormoran was located on 12 March in close proximity to the sinking position given in German accounts. Using the survivor's information on Sydney‍ '​s last known heading, Mearns and his search team located Sydney on 17 March.


Address:Lithgow Street & Carberry Lane, HMAS Sydney Place, Campbelltown, 2560
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.068106
Long: 150.814781
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:19-November-1941
Actual Event End Date:19-November-1941


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 30th November, 2008
Front Inscription

HMAS Sydney
Calabria 1940  Mediterranean 1940 Spada 1940                   

Dedicated to the memory of HMAS Sydney and the 645 crew who were lost after action with HSK Kormoran on 19 November 1941.

This is the largest loss of life experienced by the Royal Australian Navy in a single action and included 6 R.A.A.F and 3 civilian personnel.

Lest We Forget

Plaque : 

HMAS Sydney

Captain J. A. Burnett Commanding Officer
14 May 1941 - 19 November 1941

Unveiled by descendants of the crew on 30 November 2008

Plaque : 

Erected by 
Campbelltown City Council
Naval Association Campbelltown Sub Branch
Department of Veterans Affairs

Left Side Inscription

Plinth :

Local sailors who gave their lives when the HMAS Sydney II was sunk

[ Names ]


Back Inscription
HMAS Sydney Place
Right Side Inscription

Plinth :

Local sailors who gave their lives when the HMAS Sydney II was sunk

[ Names ]

Source: MA,NRWM
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