The loss of HMAS Perth, 1 March 1942

On 1 March 1942 the Australian light cruiser, HMAS Perth, was lost in the battle of the Sunda Strait. The loss of the Perth was the heaviest sacrifice made by the Royal Australian Navy during the tragic months of 1941-42 as Japanese forces advanced into south-east Asia.

  • Roll of Honour talk, presented by Dr Peter Stanley on Friday, 1 March 2002 (transcript and audio)

  • Card, map and newspaper clipping: A christmas card sent by a member of HMAS Perth's company, a map showing the location of records concealed from the Japanese at Bicycle camp and a newspaper clipping showing survivors of the HMAS Perth.

  • Items from the collection

  • Education Activity: Learn about the little black kitten with a very special job: mascot of the warship HMAS Perth.