The 1942 Loss of HMAS ARMIDALE in the Arafura Sea

When: Tuesday, 18 April 2017 at 6:00 pm

Where: Combined Services Club

Our speaker is Dr Kevin Smith, OAM

Dr Kevin Smith’s career has covered International and Australian education, active involvement with the RSL, and service with the Australian Army.  He has been a consultant to several international military studies and to UNESCO for school evaluation. He was closely associated with the commissioning of HMAS ARMIDALE . In retirement he continues association with community associations.

HMAS ARMIDALE (Lt Cmdr Richards) was sunk in the Arafura Sea by enemy aircraft on 1st December 1942 while on a mission from Darwin to Betano Bay in Timor.  She was carrying 61 Netherlands East Indies troops, two Dutch officers, three AIF soldiers and a ship’s company of 83 RAN officers and seamen.

During battle with the Japanese aircraft, ARMIDALE was hit by a torpedo and went down rapidly as the captain ordered “Abandon ship”.  Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean, a Tasmanian, returned to his Oerlikon gun and continued to engage the aircraft that were strafing his shipmates in the water.  Of the total complement of 149 on ARMIDALE, one hundred men lost their lives.  Sheean went down with his ship. He was Mentioned in Despatches.


Combined Services Club
Level 3
5/7 Barrack Street, Sydney


Public transport is recommended. The only parking in the area is pay parking.


Please gather in the level 3 lounge area from 05:00 PM.  The Presentation & Discussion will run from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM.


Members are welcome to partake of the Club's bar and bistro facilities.


Contact David Michael: 0423 227 342

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