HMAS Sydney II Memorial Geraldton
The project to build this Memorial was initiated by the Rotary Club of Geraldton. The Rotary club started working on the project, through their HMAS Sydney Memorial Steering Committee on July 1, 1998. The club was joined in its quest by the City of Geraldton, the Shire of Greenough, the Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Association and the Mid West Development Commission.
The then Governor of Western Australia, Lieutenant-General John Sanderson, A.C., was the patron of the Sydney Memorial project.
The HMAS Sydney II Memorial was designed by Joan Walsh-Smith and Charles Smith of Smith Sculptors
Dedication of Memorial
The Memorial was dedicated on the 18th November 2001 and the Eternal Flame lit on the 19th November 2001 60 years to the day after the tragic loss
Declared a National Memorial
On the 21st May 2009, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, declared the HMAS Sydney II Memorial Mount Scott Geraldton WA, ” A Memorial of National Significance”
Proposed ‘Sanctuary of The Deep’ – Mt Scott Interpretive Centre
The Proposed ‘ Sanctuary of The Deep ‘ - Mt Scott Interpretive Centre ( Original Design Jan 2002 – development: Oct 2011 ) to be built at the Memorial is inspired by the images of the wreck of the HMAS Sydney II published by the Finding Sydney Foundation.The circular’ inner sanctuary’ will feature these images on glass and will be the exact same diameter as the Dome of Souls and the Pool of Remembrance,
….’ the experience of standing in that total glass-lined reflective space, including floor and ceiling, every surface shimmering silently with timeless images of the stricken Ship, bathed in a low, sombre blue-green glow, would impart an unforgettable experience to the visitor’.
For more information about the ‘Sanctuary of The Deep’ concept and images,