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​Anzac Memorial to remember Japanese sub attack on Sydney Harbour

Published date: Monday, 14 May 2018

The upgraded Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park will honour Australian soldiers who served during the Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour in 1942, as part of a moving artwork by artist Fiona Hall.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott and Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead today collected a small soil sample from Garden Island, where a torpedo struck the HMAS Kuttabul, killing 21 sailors.

The Anzac Memorial’s Hall of Service will display the names of the towns, suburbs and settlements across NSW where men and women enlisted from in the First World War.

Also featured will be 100 sites of military significance to NSW service personnel, including Garden Island. The list of sites from across the world extends from 19th Century battles through to modern Australian peacekeeping missions.

“The Japanese attack on Sydney Harbour brought the war home to Australians, particularly NSW. It is humbling to stand here today with Rear Admiral Mead and pay tribute to the service of those officers,” Mr Elliott said.

“As we approach the 76th anniversary of the attack, it is important that we continue to tell the story of the officers and remember those who made the supreme sacrifice.”

Rear Admiral Mead said Garden Island had made an important contribution to the history of NSW.

“Garden Island’s history belongs to the hundreds of men and women who have departed from here in warships for service overseas, or worked in the shipyards, or called it home,” Rear Admiral Mead said.

Soil from Garden Island will also be included as one of more than 1600 sites where people from NSW gave as their home address when enlisting for the First World War.