HMAS Perth in the Battle of Sunda Strait

Accession Number ART27557
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 182.2 cm x 304 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Adams, Dennis
Date made 1964
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


After service in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and in the Mediterranean, the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth transferred to the Pacific to reinforce the Allied naval forces opposing Japan. With British, Dutch and American ships she took part in the Battle of the Java Sea - costly action which preceded the Japanese invasion of Java on the night of 28 February to 1 March 1942. The Perth and the US cruiser, Houston, attempted to make passage southwards through the Sunda Strait, but encountered a large enemy fleet in Bantam Bay. Both cruisers were sunk by gunfire and torpedoes in the fierce fight which ensued, but not before inflicting considerable damage to the enemy. Perth lost 350 officers and men including her commander, Captain H.M.L Waller, DSO.