HMAS Sydney Memorial Proofsheet

A Photo Gallery By Rodney Garnett

A memorial to HMAS Sydney II sunk off the Western Australian coast in November 1941 by the German HSK Kormoran sits on the top of Mount Scott within the city of Geraldton. The Memorial is the work of world-renowned sculptors Joan Walsh Smith and Charles Smith. Central to the memorial is a dome of 645 silver gulls each representing a life lost. The dome is complemented by a memorial wall, pool and sculptures of the ship bow and a grieving woman,

HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA
HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA


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Caption List:

Photo 1. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. A wreath around the ship's propeller placed at the centre of the memorial.

Photo 2. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. The dome comprises 645 stainless steel silver gulls each representing a life lost supported on seven 3 metre high columns representing the States and the Territories of Australia.

Photo 3. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. The bronze life-size statue of a woman in 1940s dress stares out to sea waiting for the return of a son, husband or boyfriend. The stainless steel section representing the bow of the ship is behind.

Photo 4. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. A bronze of a woman stands at the memorial holding her hat against the sea breeze, her gaze forever fixed patiently on the horizon. She is eternal, the figure of a waiting woman, grieving for her lost loved one.

Photo 5. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. A cyclist after his ride up Mount Scott to the memorial stares out to sea beside the bronze statue of the grieving woman.

Photo 6. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. The grieving woman in front of the dome of silver gulls.

Photo 7. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. The sun sets over the ocean behind the memorial dome.

Photo 8. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. Names of the 645 lives lost are on the memorial wall.

Photo 9. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. A detail of the 645 stainless steel gulls which make up the 12 metre diameter dome at the centre of the memorial.

Photo 10. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. Mount Scott provides an impressive location for the evocative memorial and provides vistas over Geraldton to the ocean.

Photo 11. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. The eastern approach to the memorial is through a curved wall loosly enveloping the dome of the memorial. The names of the 645 men lost are listed on the inside.

Photo 12. HMAS Sydney Memorial, Geraldton WA. Children at the edge of the sunken pool representing the depths of the ocean where the HMAS Sydney lies. A single soaring seagull soars over the pool.