Coolangatta Centaur Memorial and Walk of Remembrance

Location of Coolangatta Centaur Memorial and Walk of Remembrance

Point Danger,Boundary Street
Coolangatta QLD 4225

A steel pyramid supported by a 15 tonne pink granite stone from Turallin near Millmerran on the Darling Downs.

The bolder symbolises the ecology, the pyramid represents the spirit of those who died in the Centaur sinking and the whole effect is of flotation. The tip of the pyramid can be removed to expose an oil fuelled lamp which burns on the night of the anniversary of the sinking.

Scrolls containing the names of those on board are also contained in the pyramid.

A Walk of Remembrance leads from the memorial to the cliff top.

Inscription

Plaques per ship (1):

CENTAUR

AUSTRALIAN

HOSPITAL SHIP 3222 TONS

BUILT GREENLOCK SCOTLAND 1924

TORPEDOED BY

JAPANESE SUBMARINE OFF

SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND COAST

ON THE

14th MAY 1943.

CASUALTIES 268 LOST

(Names of Merchant Navy, Australian Army ship's Medical Corp Staff, 2/12 Field Ambulance, 2/12 Attached Personnel who perished or survived are listed. Please refer to additional images for list of names)

Plaque (2):

HMAS SYDNEY

AUSTRALIAN 7105 TONS

BUILT NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE 1935

SUNK BY GUNFIRE FROM

GERMAN RAIDER

KORMORON WEST OF CARNARVON.

W.A. ON THE

19th NOVEMBER 1942

CASUALTIES 645 LOST

Plaque (3):

USS PERRY

USA 1190 TONS

BUILT USA 1920

BOMBED AND SUNK BY

JAPANESE AIRCRAFT

IN THE DARWIN RAID ON THE

19th FEBRUARY 1942

CASUALTIES 80 LOST

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

The Centaur Memorial along with theUnited States Destroyer, USS Mugford Memorial were unveiled on 14 May 1993, the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship.

The Walk of Remembrance is dedicated to the memorial of the men and women who lost their lives in the forty-one Allied and Australian Naval and Merchant ships sunk along Australia's coastline during World War Two.

It is planned to place a marker in the ground adjacent to the pyramid; this marker and the point of the pyramid will align with the site of the sinking.

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor; Queensland War Memorial Register
Date recorded
16 March 2009

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