Discovery of the Centaur

The John Oxley Library holds a significant amount of material concerning the hospital ship Centaur, the wreck of which was recently located off Moreton Island.  The vessel, despite being clearly marked as a hospital ship, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on the 14 May 1943, sparking national outrage.  Of the 332 persons on board 268 lost their lives, including eleven nurses. 

  Australian hospital ship Centaur, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image number 17137


Material held in the John Oxley Library includes a newspaper clippings file, photographs, manuscript collections and various published works.   The following items may be found in the John Oxley Library collection:

Mulligan, Christopher S., Australian hospital ship Centaur: the myth of immunity, Hendra, Qld: Nairana Publications, 1993.  Call No: J 359.3264 MIL

Smith, Alan, Centaur Commemoration Committee: from beginning to end: pictorial history, Bardon, Qld: Centaur Commemoration Committee, 1993.  Call No: P 359.3264 SMI

Goodman, Rupert, Hospital Ships, Brisbane: Boolarong, 1992.  Call No: Q359.3264 GOO

Smith, A.E., Three minutes of time: the torpedoing of the Australian hospital ship 'Centaur', Tweed Heads: Lower Tweed River Historical Society, c1991. Call No: P 359.3264 SMI

Walk of remembrance: Centaur Memorial, Point Danger - Coolangatta, Queensland Australia, Tweed Heads: Tweed Heads and Dictrict Historical Society Inc., 2001.  Call No: P994.05 WAL

Centaur (videorecording): death of a hospital ship, Warwick, Qld: Greenapple Media Production, 1993.  Call No: HVC 359.3264 CEN

Please note that this material is held in our repository so if you would like to see any of it let us know beforehand (ph: 38407880) so that we can have it retrieved for you.


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