For a moving tribute to the sailors who lost their lives aboard the HMAS Sydney II during World War II, visit Geraldton's HMAS Sydney II Memorial. Steeped in symbolism, the Memorial pays homage to the ship's 645 men who lost their lives off of Western Australia's coastline during the battle with German Ship HSK Kormoran.
The Memorial's symbolic elements include the following:
- The Wall of Remembrance, which bears the names of the 645 men who lost their lives on HMAS Sydney II, as well as the history of the ship.
- The Sanctuary, the centrepiece of the Memorial which sits on seven pillars to represent the States and Territories of Australia. The silver dome of the Sanctuary is made up of 645 seagulls, representing those lost, and a ship's propeller sits at the centre of the Sanctuary's circular floor. The propeller also serves as a ceremonial wreath-laying altar.
- The Stele, representing the bow of the HMAS Sydney II.
- The Waiting Woman Sculpture, facing towards the sea, longingly awaiting the return of her loved one.
- The Pool of Remembrance, which waters symbolically flow 'down' circular terracing. At the floor of the pool lies a map which shows the location of the HMAS Sydney II's final resting place.
Geraldton's Volunteer Tour Guides run a moving tour through the Memorial every day (except Christmas Day) at 10:30am, sharing invaluable insight and details into all aspects of the Memorial's symbolism. Find out more from the Geraldton Visitor Centre.
After the long-awaited discovery of the HMAS Sydney II wreck in 2008, lying on the sea bed off of Shark Bay, a visit to the Memorial is even more poignant. Follow on with a visit to the Museum of Geraldton, where you can learn more about the discovery of the HMAS Sydney II.
Geraldton is approximately 4.5 hours' drive north of Perth, or a one hour flight with Qantas. Discover more about what you can see and do in Geraldton and surrounds below.