The sinking of the Montevideo Maru, 1 July 1942

On 1 July 1942 the Montevideo Maru, was sunk off the northern coast of Luzon by an American submarine. 1,050 Australians were lost in the greatest single maritime tragedy in Australia's history.

  • Roll of Honour talk, presented by Ian Hodges on Monday, 1 July 2002. (transcript and audio)

  • Documents from the collection:

    • Report written by Major H.S.Williams I October 1945 for the Recovered Personnel Division on the Japanese steamer Montevideo Maru
    • A list of passengers believed to have been on the Montevideo Maru.

  • Education Activity - Document study based on a 1945 report detailing the lengthy and frustrating search for information on the missing passengers of Montevideo Maru.


The Japanese transport ship Montevideo Maru
AWM 303640