Wednesday, March 4, 2015

HMAS Assault - Memorials

HMAS Assault banner as presented to the Inner Light Cottage Museum by the
HMAS Assault Association in 2002
In recognition of the importance of the HMAS Assault story in Nelson Bay, New South Wales, in the Second World War, several memorials have been established in the Fly Point area: 

1. Plaque on the Memorial Amphitheatre Music Shell in Neil Carroll Park 

The plaque was erected by the HMAS Assault Association and dedicated in 1994.

Memorial Amphitheatre Music Shell, Neil Carroll Park, Fly Point
Memorial Plaque
2. Stone obelisk in Neil Carroll Park 
Obelisk in Neil Carroll Park

Memorial Plaque
3. Pyramid (tank traps) Sculpture, Fly Point 

This sculpture at Fly Point on the rise of land overlooking Little Beach is inspired by the shape of the tank traps which were used extensively in the wartime along the shores of Birubi Beach.

The sculpture was erected by the Port Stephens Historical Society in 1995 as part of the "Australia Remembers" campaign 1945-1995.

HMAS Assault Memorial Sculpture, Fly Point

Memorial plaque

HMAS Assault Memorial Sculpture, Fly Point

Memorial plaque

HMAS Assault Memorial Sculpture, Fly Point
Memorial plaque

4.  An extensive collection of HMAS Assault memorabilia, photographs and maps is held by the Inner Light Cottage Museum on Nelson Head. It is displayed in the HMAS Assault  Room.

Wests Diggers Leagues Club at Nelson Bay also has a display of HMAS Assault memorabilia on its HMAS Assault wall.

5. The Australian War Memorial in Canberra, ACT holds a HMAS Assault Association collection  of papers for the period 1944-1994, available at above link.


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All photos taken In August 2014

Blog prepared by Mary McGuinness

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