12 November 2000 this Memorial was dedicated to the memory of all
those who served and perished in this gallant ship 1936 – 1942.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay City Council - Cr Carl Marsich in company
Mr Geoff Bromilow
“Yarra” survivor. Mr Joost Dirkzwager Charge d’Affaires a.i. of
the Kingdom of
the Netherlands, gave a ‘Special Tribute’ to the Royal Netherlands
Navy Submarine KX1 which rescued all 13 “Yarra” survivors. in the
company of Mr Andries Bruinhout – Crewman KX1
Ceremony:- Conducted by
–Chaplain Ted Brooker RANR whose
father H.C. Brooker was killed in action in Yarra 4 March 1942.
Memorial Architect:- Mr.
Memorial was constructed with generous support from:-
Hobsons Bay City Council 22
Construction Regiment Australian Army
Smorgon Steel Group
Boral Construction Materials Group
Inductabend Pty Ltd
Erneste Ceramic Imports Pty Ltd
Costa’s Mitre 10
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
Rotary Club of Williamstown
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
Support was also received from the:-
Association of Australia, RSL Clubs,
Associations, together with donations from Organisations and many
Special Thanks to:-
Ross Bastiaan OAM RFD – Plaques
Dr Roland Goldberg – Facilitator
Angus Walsh OAM – Hon. Memorial Co-ordinator.
Rear Admiral W J Dovers CBE DSC (RTD) - Patron
outbreak of World War II, HMAS Yarra was serving in Australian waters.
From July 1940, Yarra operated the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. By
November 1941 the ship moved to the Mediterranean, escorting supply
ships into Tobruk. By February 1942, Yarra moved to Singapore where
she rescued over 2000 men from the burning troop ship, "Empress
March 1942 in the Indian Ocean south of Java, Yarra was escorting a
small convoy to Australia. Three
Japanese cruisers and two destroyers found the convoy.
Yarra ordered the convoy to scatter, laid a smoke screen and
attacked the enemy. The thirty 8-inch guns of the Japanese cruisers
soon destroyed Yarra and she sunk with the loss of 138 men. All
Officers perished and only 13 sailors were rescued 5 days later by
Dutch submarine KX1.