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August 30, 2012
A $3M project that features a new
memorial and the refurbishment of
the HMAS Sydney I mast in Sydney
Harbour will mark the centenary of
the first Navy f leet entry next year.
The project at Bradleys Head will
feature a memorial avenue of trees to
commemorate the most significant
Navy ships lost in war.
Director Naval Heritage Collection
CAPT David Michael said the new
memorial would join three existing
memorial plaques to be relocated on a
common plinth adjacent the Sydney I
"Each of the 21 trees in the memo-
rial avenue is dedicated to a Navy ship
or submarine lost as a consequence of
war," he said.
The project will bring the memo-
rial area in line with the same presen-
tation standards as the Bradleys Head
amphitheatre and re-establish access
to for mer viewing areas on the higher
parts of the precinct.
The project was an nounced
at Bradleys Head on August 17 by
a group of NSW state officials and
Navy stakeholders including CN
VADM Ray Griggs and Commander
Australian Fleet RADM Tim Barrett.
"Bradleys Head is already a salut-
ing station for Navy warships enter-
ing and leaving the harbou r, but the
new memorial will make it a whole of
Navy memorial rather than just one for
Sydney I and II," CAPT Michael said.
Salute to new memorial
The memorial design focuses on
Navy's people and their sacrifices,
while the avenue of trees focuses on
individual ships and their companies.
Signs and individual tree plaques
will provide information including
name, date lost, location and nature of
CAPT Michael said the memo-
rial would be dedicated during the
Inter national Fleet Review next year.
The centenary celebration also
marks the ar rival of the first Navy
fleet on October 4, 1913, when HMA
Ships Australia, Melbourne, Sydney,
Encounter, Parramatta, Ya r r a and
Wa r r ego entered Sydney Harbour.
Bradleys Head was recently
included on the NSW State Heritage
WE REMEMBER: Assembled
dignitaries and onlookers in front
of the mast from HMAS Sydney I
to mark the launch of the project
at Bradleys Head, Sydney. Inset,
Commander Australian Fleet RADM
Tim Barrett, Director Naval Heritage
Collection CAPT David Michael and
CN VADM Ray Griggs show the
plans for upgrades to the memorial.
Photos: ABIS Richard Cordell
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