Naval battle commemorated after 100 years

Media Release


08 November 2014

Joint release with:

Luke Simpkins

Federal Member for Cowan

Descendents of the crew of HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden gathered today at Direction Island to mark the 100th anniversary of Australia's first naval battle victory.

An Interpretive Gazebo marking the 100th anniversary was opened at the ceremony to commemorate the lives that were lost in the ‘Battle of Cocos’ a century ago.

The gazebo will act as a reminder for locals and tourists of the significant Australian historical event that occurred in the waters surrounding the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

It is important that we remember our history and the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our country.

Constructing the commemorative monument involved installing an eight metre gazebo and stainless steel etching panels, inscribed with details of the naval battle.

The location of the gazebo is significant as Direction Island was a key facility during World War One, housing a wireless and cable station that linked Australia to the rest of the world.

We urge Australians to come to the Islands and visit this wonderful tribute to our history.

The 100th Year Interpretive Gazebo project was jointly funded by the Australian Government, which contributed $69,870, and the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, which contributed $33,054.