AHS Centaur Memorial (Cylinder Head)

Location of AHS Centaur Memorial (Cylinder Head)

Hopewell Street, 45km east of Brisbane
Point Lookout QLD 4183

Stone with steel plaque attached to front face.


CENTAUR - In the early hours of the 14th May 1943 the Hospital Ship CENTAUR sailing from Sydney enroute to PNG was struck by Japanese torpedoes, within moments the ship was ablaze CENTAUR sank within minutes of the attack. Of the ships complement of 332 only 64 were rescued. The Hospital Ship CENTAUR was brilliantly illuminated, unescorted with RED CROSS symbols painted on each side of the hull. Etched maps show the location of the sinking (23 nautical miles east north east) of Point Lookout; and position of rescue of survivors by USS Mugford in relation to Point Lookout, Caloundra and Point Danger. Rafts were sighted by Avro-Anson patrol aircraft on 15.5.1943. There is also an etching of the Centaur.

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

This plaque was unveiled by the Hon. Con Sciacca MP, Minister for Veterans Affairs, Federal Member for Bowman, at 11am on the 15 May 1994. It is located on North Stradbroke Island.

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor/Julie Holmes, North Stradbroke Island RSL Sub-branch
Date recorded
10 March 2009

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