Rats of Tobruk War Memorial, Five Dock

Description

Various memorials form an overall site of remembrance:

  • Column with laurel wreath on a stepped base. The word 'Tobruk' appears at the apex
  • A row of trees planted by the Ladies of the Rats of Tobruk Association
  • The foremast from the original H.M.A.S. Vendetta is located nearby in the park, and forms part of the memorial 

The name 'Rats' was given the defenders of Tobruk by attacking German forces, and was adopted with pride, rather than being received as the intended insult. The H.M.A.S. Vendetta performed a valiant supply and reinforcement role during the fierce Second World War engagement. Following an approach from the Rats of Tobruk Association, the foremast was restored by Petty Officers and sailors from the R.A.N. Garden Island's Fleet Intermediate Maintenance Activity (F.I.M.A.). The completed foremast was raised in April 1999.

Inscription

Column

TOBRUK

Plaque on front of column, middle

Australia Remembers 1945 - 1995

In honour of
the men and women who served
Australia in time of conflict
during World War II.
Lest we forget.
Laid 21st October 1995
jointly by
Rats of Tobruk Association
and Five Dock RSL

Plaque 1 on front of column, bottom

TOBRUK 1941
This column is a replica of the memorial
situated in the war cemetery at Tobruk
and is dedicated to those who served
and those who died during the epic siege

Plaque 2 on front of column, bottom

Erected By 
THE RATS OF TOBRUK ASSOCIATION, N.S.W.

Plaque 1 in proximity

THIS MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED BY
HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR OF N.S.W.
SIR RODEN CUTLER V.C. K.C.M.G. C.B.E.
SUNDAY 7th APRIL 1968

Plaque 2 in proximity

In memory of
fallen comrades
and the unknown
Australian Soldier
RATS OF TOBRUK ASSOC. NSW
Remembrance Day
11.11.1993

Plaque 3 in proximity

The foremast of H.M.A.S. "VENDETTA"
Royal Australian Navy
was erected on this site to perpetuate the memory of that ship
and the gallant company of men who served in her in two
world wars.

"VENDETTA", with other R.N. and R.A.N. ships [illeg.] supplies
and reinforcements to the Allied land forces [illeg.] Tobruk
from April to December 194[illeg.]

September 1992

Plaque 4 in proximity

The foremast of
H.M.A.S. VENDETTA, R.A.N.
was erected to perpetuate the memory of that ship
and the gallant company in World Wars I & II

The Destroyer Vendetta made a record 24 runs carrying
troops and supplies to the beseiged garrison at Tobruk

The foremast was previously erected at 
Coogee Randwick RSL on the [illeg.]
and was reerected on this site by the
Rats of Tobruk and Vendetta veterans

Dedicated by Commander Ferris R.A.N.
Commanding Officer Vendetta Mk 2
On 23rd February 1975

Trees plaque

Their Deeds Bought
Our Freedom

In tribute to our gallant fighting forces
and the sacrifice they made
1939 - 1945
This row of trees planted
in their honour
by
the grateful ladies of the
Rats of Tobruk Auxillary

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Address
Cnr Great North and Lyons Roads
Five Dock NSW 2046
Australia
Local Government Area
  • Canada Bay, City of
Memorial type
  • Column/pillar
  • Memorial avenue/Memorial tree/Memorial trees
  • Other
Recorded by
Mr Rusty Priest AM, former RSL State President (NSW Branch)
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date
07 April 1968
Conflict/s
  • Second World War, 1939–45