House of Representatives Committees

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

Committee activities (inquiries and reports)

Completed Inquiry: The loss of HMAS Sydney


The Committee presented its Report on the loss of HMAS Sydney to the Senate on 22 March 1999 and to the House of Representatives on 29 March 1999. Copies of the individual chapters are available in both PDF and HTML format. The report is also available from the Committee Secretariat.

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Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations  

Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF Format 13KB)

    Chapter 1: HTML version

Chapter 2: The Debate on HMAS Sydney (PDF Format 32KB)

  Chapter 2: HTML version

    G Hermon Gill
    Michael Montgomery
    Barbara Winter
    Tom Frame
    The Sydney Forums

Chapter 3: Documentary Evidence (PDF Format 21KB)

   Chapter 3: HTML version

    Australian Material
    Overseas Sources

Chapter 4: The Engagement (PDF Format 75KB)

   Chapter 4: HTML version

    The Debate Surrounding the loss of Sydney
    Gill's Account
    Reconsidering the Engagement

Chapter 5: Signals, Submarines and Speedboats (PDF Format 54KB)

   Chapter 5: HTML version

    Signals sent from Kormoran
    Signals sent from Sydney
    Theories of Third Party Involvement
    The Leichtes Schnellboot (Light Speed Boat)

Chapter 6: The Aftermath (PDF Format 82KB)

   Chapter 6: HTML version

    Discovery of Kormoran Survivors
    The Search for Sydney Begins
         Table 6.1 (PDF format)
    Release of Information about the Loss
    The Interrogations
    No Survivors
    Was an Inquiry Held?

Chapter 7: The Unknown Sailor (PDF Format 85KB)

   Chapter 7: HTML version

    Origins of the Carley Float
    The Body
    The Cemetery
    Should the Body be Exhumed?
    Legal Authority for Exhumations

Chapter 8: Searching for Sydney and Kormoran (PDF Format 74KB)

   Chapter 8: HTML version

    Should a Search be Mounted?
    Technical Challenges
    Funding a Search
    Management Issues

Chapter 9: Commemoration (PDF Format 21KB)

   Chapter 9: HTML version

    Commemoration to Date
    Future Research

Consolidated chapters of report (PDF Format 510KB)

List of submissions  


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