Bombing of Darwin


On 19 February 1942, enemy forces launched air raids on Darwin. It was the largest single attack by a foreign power on Australia. The attack caused hundreds of Australian defence force personnel and civilians to lose their lives, with countless others injured.

On the 78th anniversary of the attack, students from Darwin and Palmerston joined the Top End community to pay their respects.

Darwin High School Year 12 student Ricardo Kuvaja was among those who gathered at the Cenotaph on Darwin’s Esplanade for the Bombing of Darwin Day commemorations.

“Bombing of Darwin Day is important to everyone in the Darwin community.

“It was a significant event in Darwin’s history and it’s important that we remember the lives that were lost,” he said.

“By taking an active role in this event, we commemorate the fallen people and pay our respects.”

Darwin High School Year 11 student Farok Al-Ibrahim took part in the ceremony by delivering the Ode.

Students from other Top End schools also participated in the event to honour those who died in the conflict.

Palmerston College Year 9 College Vice Captains Patrick Tidalgo and Teishan Wera and Year 12 College Captains Emily Dehne and Hayden Dale laid a wreath as part of the ceremony.

“It was an honour to represent Palmerston College at the Bombing of Darwin Ceremony which is such an important event in Darwin’s history,” Hayden Dale said.

Hundreds of other students were also in attendance, along with the remaining Defence of Darwin Veterans, their families and evacuees who have returned to Darwin for the event.

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