Initial Design suggestion from Rotary Club of Geraldton. – March 20th 1999
We received a letter from Richard Larriera, former President of Rotary Club of Geraldton, following on from his briefing to us at the Rotary meeting of March the 10th 1999 whereby he explained his concept for The Memorial would be based on the photograph he supplied of a group of gunners on board the HMAS Sydney in Naval practice. His basic idea was to create a large bronze rendition based on the photograph.
Subsequently, we explained to Rotary in response to this idea, that this would not be suitable in our opinion, as it was not representative of the entire crew of 645 men who were lost in the battle, all of whom should be commemorated equally . We also believed that the Memorial should be a peaceful place of contemplation incorporating a number of elements symbolising and telling the story of HMAS Sydney.