The loss of HMAS Perth, 1 March 1942

Greeting Card

Christmas card sent in 1939 by a member of HMAS Perth's company, showing the ship's badge.

Greeting Card
From Greeting Cards, SERIES 4: Second World War,1939-1945, Subseries 1 : Christmas - Australian -- Royal Australian Navy (RAN).


Concealed Records

Many of those that survived the sinking of the HMAS Perth were imprisoned by the Japanese in the Cycle or Bicycle camp, Batavia. Ten of the survivors recorded, in June and July of 1942, as much as they could of the final actions of the ship. These records were concealed by putting them in a shaving stick container, then concreting the container into a wall of one of the camp buildings. Lieutenant Thode wrote an extensive report in September 1945, in which he used the work done in 1942.

Map showing location of records
The map showing the location of the records, Lieutenant Thode's report, and other related documents, are in AWM54, 505/10/10, Part 2 [Naval (inc. Enemy) - Historical Records Section - Reports:] Documents relating to the loss of HMAS PERTH in 1942 and the subsequent internment of officers and ship's company in "Cycle" prisoner of war camp, Bandoeng, Java [oversized item]

Newspaper clipping

Newspaper clipping showing survivors of the HMAS Perth saluting a plaque erected to commemorate the ship.

Newspaper clipping - loss of HMAS Perth
From AWM 54, 505/10/10Pt2 [Naval (inc. Enemy) - Historical Records Section - Reports:] Documents relating to the loss of HMAS PERTH in 1942 and the subsequent internment of officers and ship's company in "Cycle" prisoner of war camp, Bandoeng, Java [oversized item]