National service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance 2 March 2010

AHS Centaur memorial service

On Tuesday 2 March 2010, a memorial service was held at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane to remember the victims of the torpedoed Australian Hospital Ship Centaur.

In addition to military personnel, survivors, relatives and members of the public, the service was attended by:

  • Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of Australia
  • Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AO, Governor of Queensland
  • Honourable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia
  • Honourable Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts
  • Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie AO DSC CSM, Chief of Army
  • Vice Admiral Russell Crane AO CSM RAN, Chief of Navy
  • Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane

Please click here for the Memorial order of service.

The Prime Minister spoke of honouring the memory of lives lost and their commitment to this nation during a time of war. He also spoke of relatives, who waited two thirds of a century for the final resting place of their loved ones.

Premier Anna Bligh spoke of the hope that the Centaur discovery has brought peace for the victims and their relatives. She acknowledged the 268 men and women who died in the line of duty, and the devastation of this loss on families.

Centaur survivor Martin Pash (87) spoke about his experience of waiting for rescue on the night of May 14 1943.

The names of all 268 men and women killed were read out by students of the Centaur Primary School.

The complete service on 2 March 2010 was filmed by M3 Media, Brisbane and is available on a DVD. Copies may be obtained through the Centaur Association.

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Martin Pash (centre) Centaur survivor March 2010

Martin Pash Centaur survivor Mar 2010

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