Western Australian Museum - Geraldton

The Western Australian Museum has been closely involved with the story of HMAS Sydney (II) for many years. Following the discovery of the wrecks of Sydney and HSK Kormoran in 2008 and their protected status declared under the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976, the Museum has been responsible for protecting, conserving and interpreting the wreck sites for the benefit of future generations. It is a responsibility that the Museum takes very seriously.

The Western Australian Museum is developing a new Sydney Kormoran experience at the Geraldton site, and will publish a special commemorative book featuring images from the most recent expedition to the wreck sites, to mark the 75th anniversary of the battle which saw the tragic loss of all 645 hands from Sydney, and some 80 lives from Kormoran

Families and friends who are visiting Geraldton during the anniversary are also being invited to share their stories and bring with them any memorabilia related to their crewman, which the Museum will document and record.

3D Experience

Witness the wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran as they currently lie, 2500m deep on the ocean floor, through a sequence of extraordinary high quality 2D and 3D images. This short, contemplative experience has been created from highlights of the images captured during the 2015 survey expedition to the wreck sites.

Duration: 10 minutes

Where: Western Australian Museum – Geraldton

When: Open daily 9.30am – 3.00pm

Commemorative Publication

From great depths is a major new commemorative publication to be released to mark the 75th anniversary of the battle between Sydney and Kormoran. It will present stunning underwater photography and fascinating new discoveries from the 2015 survey expedition, together with inspiring and heart-rending personal accounts of wartime service on the ships, and the fierce battle that resulted in the loss of more than 700 men from both sides.

Recollecting Sydney (II) and Kormoran

Are you a relative or friend of a crew member of HMAS Sydney (II) or HSK Kormoran?

Would you like to share information about your Sydney or Kormoran crewman?

Would you like to talk about your experiences as a relative or friend?

Is this the first time you will travel to Geraldton, or one of many trips you have made to pay your respects? What has inspired you to travel to Geraldton to participate in the commemorative events?

Families and friends who are visiting Geraldton during the anniversary are invited to participate in a project to document their stories, memorabilia and experiences. The Museum is seeking to document the story of your crewman, your own experiences as a descendant or friend and why you came to Geraldton to commemorate the loss of Sydney (II) and of Kormoran.

Bring your letters, photos, newspaper clippings or anything else you may have with you, copies will suffice. WA Museum staff will copy and document your items. There will be an opportunity to record your stories and experiences via audio. The purpose of the project is not to collect original artefacts or photographs, but to ‘re-collect’, through the copying and recording of stories and memories.

Please contact the WA Museum Geraldton for more information about the Recollecting Sydney (II) and Kormoran project and to register your interest by email: Geraldton.museum@museum.wa.gov.au