Help Rescue Part Of Australia's Military History
The Hunter Anzac Memorial Ltd, a charity formally known as the Branxton Greta Memorial Cycleway, as part of its commitment to creating programs and initiatives to help remember our military past and support our veterans, is on a mission to save an essential link to our Australia's wartime effort during WWII in and around the waters of PNG.
Built as a Sea Ambulance to save wounded Diggers in and around the top end of PNG, the AH Krawarree, is the last surviving vessel of the five that we're built to perform this vital role.
At an impressive 80 feet, and with a hull built from 1000 year old Huon Pine from Tasmania, the Krawarree, while throwing up many challenges, will and already is, attracting leading boat builders, historians and naval experts from around Australia to become involved in this exceptional restoration project.
Plans are being set to have the Krawarree fully restored and floating again. The team at Hunter Anzac Memorial Ltd are very excited to bring the attention of this project to the Australia community and allow them to support this most worthwhile project.
Phase 1 of the Krawarree Rescue project will see her transported from her current site in Northern NSW (Tweed Heads) to the Thales shipbuilding site in Carrington, Newcastle. This complex and costly move must take place before a deadline of 30 September this year - the clock is ticking!
Phase 2 will be a comprehensive and most challenging two-year refurbishment program at Newcastle. Master Boat Builders, local Tradespersons, apprentices and volunteers will all join together to restore the former glory of this unique piece of maritime history.
Phase 3 will be setting a sailing schedule all round Australia so Veterans, deserving children, youth groups, school children and the general public can all experience a special boat built for the very best of reasons – saving our Diggers!
If you cannot donate but would like to support the rescue project some other way in the future, we would like to hear from you too. We will have many opportunities for volunteers, young, old, corporate and community organisations to participate in this project.
Thank you for reading this message. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team directly. We would love to hear from you!
Hunter Anzac Memorial Ltd