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Deep Light: Illuminating The Wrecks Of Sydney And Kormoran

For more than 66 years, the location of the two ships remained a mystery. Then, in 2008, the Finding Sydney Foundation and shipwreck expert David Mearns found the wrecks off Shark Bay.

  • Dates:Oct 26 - Mar 29
  • Time(s):10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Goldfields
  • Venue Address:17 Hannan St, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
  • Venue:Museum of the Goldfields
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For seniors

Description

The World War Two encounter between HMAS Sydney (II) and the disguised German raider HSK Kormoran off the Western Australian coast stands as Australia’s worst naval disaster. 81 men from Kormoran were killed and 318 survived. All 645 men on Sydney were lost.

For more than 66 years, the location of the two ships remained a mystery. Then, in 2008, the Finding Sydney Foundation and shipwreck expert David Mearns found the wrecks off Shark Bay.

In 2015, the WA Museum and Curtin University, with vital assistance from DOF Subsea, the Commonwealth Government and other supporters, returned to the wreck sites. Using remotely controlled equipment, the team captured stunning underwater images that revealed the fate of the ships on the seabed, over two kilometres beneath the waves.

In this poignant exhibition, remarkable images and footage allow us to witness this tragic moment in World War Two history, preserved in a remote world of solemn loss, wondrous creatures and surprising colour.

Deep Light is on at Museum of the Goldfields from Saturday 26 October until Sunday 29 March.

Entry is free, donations are welcome.

Location

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