Town commemorates 80th Anniversary of the bombing of Port Hedland

Published on Friday, 29 July 2022 at 4:32:14 PM

The Town is commemorating the 80th anniversary of the World War Two bombing of Port Hedland, which occurred on 29 July 1942.Japanese forces dropped bombs on the town; which had a population of around 640 at the time.Sadly, a young soldier named Private John Adams was killed. Private Adams is buried at the war cemetery in Geraldton.Mayor Peter Carter said it was important to reflect and commemorate the town’s history.“The 80th Anniversary of the bombing of Port Hedland is a time for us all to pause, reflect and commemorate the sacrifices made by Australia’s defense forces throughout our town’s history.“We must forever remember and appreciate the bravery of those such as Private Adams, who make the freedoms we enjoy today possible.“The events of July 1942 shaped the trajectory of our town and forms an integral part of our history.”The Port Hedland Visitor Centre has produced a booklet documenting Port Hedland’s preparations for invasion, and the reaction to the bombing and subsequent loss of Private Adams. The Visitor Centre is located at 13 Wedge Street.

For media information:Shanna CrispinManager, Public Relations and Communications0482 999 056 | scrispin@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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