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The Sydney / Kormoran Battle and Locating the Ships

Tue 24 Nov, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Zoom Presentation,

NHSA Online zoom presentation

by Gillian Lewis & Noel Phelan




The 19th November was the 79th anniversary of the battle between HMAS SYDNEY II and HSK KORMORAN a German armed raider. They came within point blank range where whoever fires first accurately will inflict serious damage on the other. The element of surprise is everything here. Both ships sink with 318 survivors from the KORMORAN and no survivors from the 645 men on SYDNEY. Lots of questions were raised about what really happened. Both ships were found in 2008 and some of the questions were answered. A world class memorial was built at Geraldton to honour the 645 Australians lost.



Gillian Lewis and Noel Phelan are volunteer speakers at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Gillian retired after a sales career at CSR and has a special interest in the loss with all hands of HMAS SYDNEY II.

She comes from a family with a history in the merchant and Royal Australian Navies.

Noel started life as a science and mathematics teacher then spent 25 years at IBM in various technical and management positions. In retirement Noel has been a volunteer with both Marine Rescue and Rural Fire Service. He is currently a volunteer at NHSA organizing the speaker’s program.

Join the meeting via this link, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88546648259

Webinar ID: 885 4664 8259


Tue 24 Nov, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Category:


Naval Historical Society of Australia
02 9537 0035
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Zoom Presentation