The loss of HMAS Canberra, 9 August 1942
On 9 August 1942 the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands, some eighteen hundred kilometres off the North Queensland coast. Crippled in a short but ferocious engagement with a force of Japanese cruisers in the early hours of the morning, the RAN ship was abandoned and sunk at 8 a.m. by allied vessels before they withdrew from the area.
Roll of Honour talk, presented by Dr Chris Clark on 9 August 2002 (transcript and audio)
- Documents from the collection: Report of Medical Department on night action of HMAS Canberra.