Battle of the Coral Sea Memorial

Location of Battle of the Coral Sea Memorial

ANZAC Memorial Park
The Strand
Townsville QLD 4810

This memorial commemorates the Battle of the Coral Sea. It consists of two sloping walls facing a central pillar. The memorial overlooks the waterfront and contains details of the Battle of the Coral Sea etched on either side and around the central pillar. Two flagpoles situated on the waterfront fly both the Australian and US Flags.


Sleep, my sons, your duty done… For freedom's light has come - sleep in the silent depths of the sea, or in your bed of hallowed sod, Until you hear at dawn the low clear reveille of God.

Welcome to the Battle of the Coral Sea Memorial. Townsville's endeavours to mark this historic occasion were motivated by our community's war time experiences and the strong bonds which developed between Australian and our American allies in those dark and tragic days. In 1992 it was our desire to leave a lasting memorial for future generations who may need to be reminded that freedom is often bought at a terrible cost. Alderman Tony Mooney. Mayor of the City of Townsville. May 9 1992.

Conflicts commemorated
Second World War, 1939–1945
Memorial type
Additional information

Townsville was the largest Allied operational base in the South West Pacific during World War II and played an important support role in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor
Date recorded
24 March 2009

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