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The plaque commemorates those who served on the H.M.S. / H.M.A.S. Kanimbla during World War Two

H.M.A.S. Kanimbla was a passenger ship converted for use as an armed merchant cruiser and landing ship infantry during World War Two. Built during the mid-1930s as the passenger liner MV Kanimbla for McIlwraith McEachern Limited, the ship operated in Australian waters until 1939, when she was requesitioned for military service, converted into an armed merchant cruiser, and commissioned in the Royal Navy as H.M.S. Kanimbla. In 1943, the ship was converted into a Landing Ship Infantry, and transferred to the Royal Australian Navy.


Address:11 Murphys Road, Wommin Bay Memorial Walk, Kingscliff, 2487
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.234409
Long: 153.565574
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Designer:Jacob Ryan (artwork)


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2010
Front Inscription
                    H.M.S. / H.M.A.S. KANIMBLA
                       An Unequalled Record
             470,000 miles steamed during her war 
                 service, 22 enemy ships captured. 

The Kanimbla began her war service on October 1939 when she was commissioned into the Royal Navy. 1940 and 1941 spent patrolling in waters off China and Japan followed by escort duties around Malaysia and the East Indies. 

Kanimbla escorted the first convoy out of Singapore after the Japanese attack in Malaysia. In the early hours of June 1, 1942 she fired on one of the Japanese midget submarines attacking Sydney Harbour.  In June 1943 she became HMAS Kanimbla after being converted to Landing Ship Infantry (LSI). She was pivotal in ensuring successful landings in New Guinea at Morotai and Leyte.

Landing troops on Luzon Island in Lingayen Gulf she was narrowly missed by a Zero fighting bomber which was shot down. Kanimbla was also part of the invasion of Brunei before supporting the final amphibious landing of the war at Balikpapan. She continued her transport duties in New Guinea and Phillipine waters for the remainder of the war.  

Kanimbla was instrumental in saving Australia from invasion. 

H.M.S. / H.M.A.S. Kanimbla
Returned & Services League     Kingscliff P.S.
Text composed by Class 5m Kingscliff Public School 2009
Art Work by Jacob Ryan
Story inspired by Chloe Hampton`s great grandad who
served on HMS/HMAS Kanimbla as Leading Stoker 
(Chloe a 5M student in 2008) 


Source: MA,NRWM
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