Free seminar on ‘The sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur’ – Brisbane

The Brisbane Office of the National Archives of Australia is holding a free public seminar on ‘The sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur’ – this seminar looks at the information that is in the Archives, War Memorial and other sources and is brought together to form a comprehensive story of this tragic event.

The National Archives of Australia in Brisbane is located:
16 Corporate Drive, Cannon Hill Qld 4170
The seminar will be held two times, they run for approx 1 to 1 1/2 hours, and refreshments are provided:
Wednesday 18 February 2015 – starting at 10am (almost booked out)
Friday 20 February 2015 – starting at 2pm (plently of vacancies)
For more information, please contact me Gregory Cope, on 07-3249 4224 /

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Centaur Newsletter November 2014

Please view our November 2014 detailing all Centaur commemorations across Australia and other stories.

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Centaur Newsletter May 2014

Please view our May 2014 newsletter detailing all the Centaur memorial service times in May across the country, as well as remembering Private Basil Douglas Colefax and other stories.

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Centaur Newsletter November 2013

Please view our latest newsletter (November 2013) detailing all the Centaur commemorations across Australia for the 70th Anniversary and other stories.

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70th Anniversary Memorial Service Times

Brisbane, Qld

Tuesday 14th May 2013 at 10am St John’s Cathedral, Ann Street. His Grace the Anglican Primate, Archbishop of Brisbane, the Most Reverend Dr Philip Aspinall will preside.

Brisbane Girls Grammar, Brisbane Boys’ College and cadets of TS Centaur will attend. Refreshments following the Service. A Commemorative Dinner will be held at the United Services Club at 6pm.

For details please contact Miss Pixie Annat, P.O. Box 68, Kelvin Grove 4059, or email

Caloundra, Qld

Tuesday 14 May 2013 at 11am at the Memorial in Centaur Park. Children from local schools will lay an individual flower on each name on the Walkway on behalf of relatives. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath please see the Secretary, Dick Alchin, before the Service begins. Refreshments at RSL.

Canberra ACT

Tuesday 14 May 2013 2pm. Assemble in the Western Courtyard. Poppies will be offered for placing on an Empty Wreath which will be laid during the wreath-laying ceremony. Poppies also available for placing on the Roll of Honour. Guest Speakers from Radford College, Bruce, ACT. A Salvation Army band will provide incidental music, and a replica of the Centaur Plaque will be featured. Refreshments at own expense at the Terrace Café. RSVP by 7 May to Peta Thompson (02) 6232 9915 or

Point Danger, Qld

Monday 13 May 2013 at 10am at the Memorial (weather permitting, otherwise in the assembly hall, Centaur Primary School, Eucalyptus Drive, Banora Point). The Service is conducted by the school students. Refreshments following the Service. RSVP 1 May (07) 5524 9655

Melbourne, Vic.

Sunday 19 May 2013 at 9am in the ANZAC Memorial Chapel, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, 300 Waterdale Road Heidelberg West. Entry via Gate 9. Enquiries Robert Winther (03) 9496 2324, or Refreshments will be served at the Darebin RSL Sub-Branch at 402 Bell Street, Preston.

Concord, Sydney, NSW

Friday 10 May 2013 at 10.30am 113 AGH Memorial Chapel, Concord Hospital, Hospital Rd, Concord. RSVP 5 May 2013 to Melva Lindley at or telephone (02) 9767 5256

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