20 MARCH 2008
Discovery of HMAS Sydney
PM Kevin Rudd led a service at Sydney's St. Andrews Cathedral on 16 March 2008 for the 645 men lost when HMAS Sydney was sunk 200 nautical miles off the WA coast on November 19, 1941 by the German raider Kormoran. Discovered by the Finding Sydney Foundation, 800 relatives and descendants of the Sydney's crew attended the memorial service. Although there had been some early criticism about the lack of information provided by Government and its disinclination to declassify all documents associated with the sinking, the HMAS Sydney II Association should be applauded for asking families from all HMAS Sydney ships to march on ANZAC Day.