The objective of the 2/3 AHS Centaur Association Inc. is to provide a forum and a means of communication for anyone whose life has been affected by the sinking of the Hospital Ship Centaur on 14th May 1943, and for any person or organisation with a common interest in the Centaur.


  • To honour those non-combatants who gave their lives on a mission of mercy
  • To provide a means of communication for survivors, descendants, relatives, friends, organisations interested in 2/3 AHS Centaur
  • To help the healing process which for many still continues
  • To ensure that the memory never fades, and the facts are not forgotten by succeeding generations
  • To turn a tragedy into a triumph, and to foster a peaceful and forward-looking attitude

5 Responses to About

  1. Mark T says:

    Can I suggest you add the location, perhaps a map showing the memorial? I gather it is at Point Danger and I’m hoping to find it today…

    • Hi Mark,
      There are several known Memorials to the Centaur. The one at Point Danger, Coolangatta, was established in 1993. There is one at Caloundra, established 1967, one at Dapto NSW established 2009. There is a memorial window at Concord Hospital in Sydney established 1992, and a Memorial garden with a whole wing of Heidelberg Hospital in Melbourne named after the Centaur. At all these places annual memorial services are held, plus in Brisbane and Canberra. Centaur Primary School at Banora Point in NSW is a living memorial, as is TS Centaur at Maleny and the work of the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses in Brisbane.
      Thanks for that information – we will look into putting that information together on the website soon.
      You would be very welcome to join the Association. Please contact Jan Thomas at jthomas.centaur@hotmail.com for information about membership or further information.

  2. Gregory Cope says:

    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 informaiton 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 / gregory.cope@naa.gov.au.

  3. Peter Grace says:

    My Uncle Pte HV Oakley was one of the casualties on AHS Centaur.

    • Hi Peter thanks for getting in touch – we have services across the country on the 14/15 May if you’d like to attend one – I’m putting them up on the internet soon thanks Caroline

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