Albany’s Princess Royal Fortress put on a display commemorating the loss of the HMAS Perth (I) and the USS Houston. It used the banners recently acquired by the Foundation and models of the Perth and Houston built by Gerry Westenberg. We have curator David Theodore to thank for making this possible. The display are is quite small but it was well presented and gave the Foundation yet another opportunity to spread the word.
A service was held at the St John the Evangelist church in Fremantle on Sunday the 28th of February to remember those lost on HMAS Perth(I) and USS Houston, those who died in the POW camps and those who returned home after the war. The service was presided over by the Rector of Fremantle, Patrick King with the US Consul General, representatives from the City of Fremantle, HMAS Stirling, the United States Navy, relatives of the survivors and numerous service organizations also in attendance.
On the 27th on February 2021, the HMAS Perth(I) Memorial Foundation Inc., in conduction with the City of Perth, put on a display to commemorate the loss of the Perth and the Houston at the battle of Sunda Stait in March 1942. Over 50 people attended the launch which was opened by the Governor of Western Australia, Kim Beazley AC. Over the next week 300 people visited the display which included artifacts and paintings on loan from the City of Perth, items of interest from the HMAS Stirling museum, models of the ships involved in the actions and a set of 9 banners and a video produced by the Australian National Maritime Museum which provided the complete story of those tragic events
Five models of the ships lost in the battles of the Java Sea and Sunda Strait.
They were on loan from an exhibition of models built by Gerry Westenberg being held at the Fremantle Shipwreck Museum .
HMAS Perth(I) Exhibition
HMAS Perth(I) Exhibition to be held in the City of Perth Town Hall under croft which be open to the public on the 28th of Feb., 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of March – Times 10.00am to 4:00pm to commemorate the loss of the Perth(I) and USS Houston at the Battle of Sunda Strait in 1942.
The HMAS Perth(I) Memorial Foundation with the help of the City of Perth are putting on this exhibition to promote the proposal of building a memorial to those lost during the battle, those who died in captivity and those who returned after the war.
The following will be the main attractions….
- A model of the proposed memorial to be built on Riverside Road, East Fremantle.
- Artefacts and paintings of the Perth (I) provided by the City of Perth and the HMAS Stirling museum.
- Eight banners describing the Battle of Sunda Strait.
- Large scale models of all five ships of the ABDA force that were sunk by the Japanese during this period including the HMAS Perth(I) and the USS Huston.
- Naval book display by Boffins book shop.