On 1 July 1942 the unmarked Japanese prison ship, Monevideo Maru was torpedoed by an American submarine off the Philippines. All 1,053 serviceman and civilian internees on the ship lost their lives. Seventy years later, over the weekend of 30 June-1 July 2012 a large group gathered in Canberra to remember those killed in the Japanese invasion of the New Guinea Islands, and the anniversary of Australia's worst maritime tragedy.
The weekend began with a Commemorative Luncheon at the Rydges Lakeside Hotel, Canberra, with the address 'Remembering Rabaul and the Montevideo Maru’ being given by the Chief of the Army, Lt General David Morrison, AO, and a speech by Phil Ainsworth, President of the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Society. The following day saw the Commemorative Address at the dedication of ‘The Rabaul and Montevideo National Memorial’ at the Australian War Memorial, which was given by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
This DVD features all the significant aspects of these 2 historic commemorative events. The entire presentation has been filmed in high definition format by a professional crew.
Duration 143 minutes.