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Wednesday, 3 June 1942


Mr CURTIN (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Prime Minister) . - by leave - The following communique was issued by Allied Headquarters to-day: -

Sydney. - Enemy submarines attacked two small cargo vessels 35 miles east of Sydney, and another ship 225 miles south thereof.

A further communique has just been released by Allied Head-quarters, as follows : -

Further information of the submarine attacks off the east coast indicate that one of three vessels was sunk, the other two escaping undamaged.

I have also to say that, after a careful analysis of all the reports of sightings and attacks,the naval authorities have now confirmed that four midget submarines attempted to enter Sydney Harbour on the night of Sunday the 31st May. Only one of these was able to make an attack, as has already been described to the House by the Minister for the Navy (Mr. Makin). All four of these submarines were destroyed.







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