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PLAQUE NO. 130 ... HMAS YARRA NATIONAL MEMORIAL

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On 12 November 2000 this Memorial was dedicated to the memory of all those who served and perished in this gallant ship 1936 – 1942. 


Unveiled by:-

The Mayor of Hobsons Bay City Council -  Cr Carl Marsich in company with Mr Geoff Bromilow “Yarra” survivor. Mr Joost Dirkzwager Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, gave a ‘Special Tribute’ to the Royal Netherlands Navy Submarine KX1 which rescued all 13 “Yarra” survivors. in the company of Mr Andries Bruinhout – Crewman KX1

Dedication Ceremony:-  Conducted by –Chaplain Ted Brooker RANR  whose father H.C. Brooker was killed in action in Yarra 4 March 1942.


Memorial Architect:-  Mr. Lawrence Atley

The Memorial was constructed with generous support from:-  

Hobsons Bay City Council 22 
Construction Regiment Australian Army
Smorgon Steel Group
Boral Construction Materials Group
Inductabend Pty Ltd
Erneste Ceramic Imports Pty Ltd
Costa’s Mitre 10
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
Rotary Club of Williamstown
Bunnings Warehouse
Department of Natural Resources and Environment


Support was also received from the:-

Naval Association of Australia, RSL Clubs, Ships Associations, together with donations from Organisations and many caring people.


Special Thanks to:-

Dr Ross Bastiaan OAM RFD – Plaques
Dr Roland Goldberg – Facilitator

Angus Walsh OAM – Hon. Memorial Co-ordinator.
Rear Admiral W J Dovers CBE DSC (RTD) - Patron

HISTORY OF SHIP

At the outbreak of World War II, HMAS Yarra was serving in Australian waters. From July 1940, Yarra operated the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. By November 1941 the ship moved to the Mediterranean, escorting supply ships into Tobruk. By February 1942, Yarra moved to Singapore where she rescued over 2000 men from the burning troop ship, "Empress of Australia".

On 4 March 1942 in the Indian Ocean south of Java, Yarra was escorting a small convoy to Australia.  Three Japanese cruisers and two destroyers found the convoy.  Yarra ordered the convoy to scatter, laid a smoke screen and attacked the enemy. The thirty 8-inch guns of the Japanese cruisers soon destroyed Yarra and she sunk with the loss of 138 men. All Officers perished and only 13 sailors were rescued 5 days later by Dutch submarine KX1.

 



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