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Wreath over HMAS Canberra



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COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY

Navy Public Relations

955/81

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

'WREATH OYER H.M.A.S. CANBERRA

The RAN fleet tanker HMAS SUPPLY was stopped off Savo

Island in the British Solomons this afternoon and a wreath was

thrown into the sea where HMAS CANBERRA sank on August 9, 1942.

On board, a memorial service was held to remember the

Australian sailors who died in the Battle of Savo Island, part

of the Guadalcanal campaign, during which CANBERRA was sunk.

The wreath was thrown by Engineering Mechanic K. Hughes,

of Oyster Cove, Tasmania, and Leading Writer B . McKinnon, of

Auburn, N S W .

Relatives of both men- served in CANBERRA during the

battle.

. Hughes had two cousins in the ship --- Stoker R*yce

Burke, who was killed, and Stoker Max Burke, of Launceston, who

survived. .

Two uncles of McKinnon --- Stoker E. Holmes, of Wollongong

NSW, and Able Seaman S. Bass, of Sydney --- were also survivors.

The wreath was made by Melanesian prisoners in the town

gaol at Honiara, on Guadalcanal Island.- Honiara is the

administrative centre of the British Solomons.

HMAS CANBERRA, an eight-inch gun cruiser, was commissioned

in 1928. She was the third Australian cruiser to be sunk in

World War II.

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Canberra 27th September, 1965 ° ,