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Various memorials form an overall site of remembrance:
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.
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
Rats of Tobruk Association
and Five Dock RSL
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
THE RATS OF TOBRUK ASSOCIATION, N.S.W.
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
In memory of
and the unknown
RATS OF TOBRUK ASSOC. NSW
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
"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.]
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
Their Deeds Bought
In tribute to our gallant fighting forces
and the sacrifice they made
1939 - 1945
This row of trees planted
in their honour
the grateful ladies of the
Rats of Tobruk Auxillary