HMAS Sydney Memorial in Geraldton
The HMAS Sydney Memorial in Geraldton is one place that you must visit if you are ever in this part of the state. It is a remarkable place and well worth a visit.
The loss of HMAS Sydney (II) is Australia’s greatest naval tragedy. After a very successful tour of the Mediterranean where she sank the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni, the Sydney returned to Australia. In February 1941 she was escorting troop ships to South East Asia. Returning from one of these trips she encountered the German raider HSK Kormoran. Both ships were sunk in the ensuing battle with the Sydney going down and all hands were lost.
The HMAS Sydney Memorial in Geraldton is a very somber and beautiful place to visit. It is high on a hill and overlooking the Indian Ocean where she went down. There are 645 seagulls on the large cone that covers the memorial, One for each member of the crew.