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Finding Sydney Foundation Donates to Memorial

The Finding Sydney Foundation and the Australian War Memorial today announced that all video and photographs from the sea bed, showing the wrecks of HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran will be donated to the Australian War Memorial.

Mr Ted Graham AM, Chairman of the Foundation said its members and its Search Director David Mearns, were proud to give the records to the Australian public, where they rightfully belong.

“The imagery is an important historical record of the discovery of the ships and of the final fate of HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran and forms the only objective evidence of the result of the battle between the two ships,” Mr Graham said.

“It is important that this record be made available to the public for future research purposes at the Memorial. The donation includes over 1400 photographs and 50 hours of film, so it is important that this large amount of material receives careful and expert management to protect its integrity and authenticity,” Mr Graham said.

Ms Nola Anderson, Assistant Director of the Australian War Memorial was pleased to accept the donation on behalf of the Memorial.

“The video and photographs of the HMAS Sydney II and HSK Kormoran are an important part of Australia’s naval military history. The Memorial is delighted to accept this donation, so that it can be conserved and be available for future generations at the Memorial,” Ms Anderson said.

The photographs and film will be accessioned by the Memorial into the National Collection

What: Signing of paperwork
          Photographs (digital) and film (digibeta) of sea bed available
          Media backgrounder available at

When: 9.30am, Tuesday 17 November

Where: Western Courtyard Gallery (entry via western glass doors) Australian War Memorial Treloar Crescent Campbell ACT

Further Information:

Australian War Memorial
(02) 6243 4575

Finding Sydney Foundation
Ted Graham AM    0409 611 606
Bob Trotter   OAM 0418 487 158

16 November 2009


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