After the thrilling visit to Shark Bay WA were on our way back to Perth but we stayed overnight at Geraldton.
This little flower was growing on the beach at Monkey Mia.
There are 5 elements to the memorial.
(1) The Dome of Souls comprising of 645 stainless steel seagulls to represent the men lost.
It overlooks the town and the Indian Ocean. There is a podium with the nautical compass and a propellor from a ship. This is where wreaths are laid.
(2) The Waiting Woman Sculpture represents anxious mothers looking over the ocean waiting for the return of their sons serving on the Sydney.
This wonderful statue and the look on her face brought tears to my eyes as I thought of the agony mothers and wives must have endured. It also reminded me of how the mothers and relatives of the men overseas at war now must be feeling. I wonder will there ever be an end to wars?
(3) The Steel monument is symbolic of upright gravestones and it is a stainless steel representation of the prow of the HMAS Sydney ll. It is best viewed from the front (I have since read) but silly me didn't get that shot.
(4) The Remembrance Wall where all the names and photos of the men and ship are shown.
(5) The Remembrance Pool which I didn't see. (I must have been looking in the wrong direction). It has 644 seagulls on the bottom of the pool and the 645th seagull is flying with its wing tip pointing down into the water to where the ship is lying.
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The Sydney and the Kormoron were found on the bottom of the ocean in 2008.