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Montevideo Maru - Australia’s greatest maritime disaster.
Written and produced by Max Uechtritz.
It was - and remains - Australia's greatest maritime disaster: the loss of 1053 soldiers and civilians in the sinking of the Montevideo Maru on July1, 1942. The men were captured by the Japanese when they invaded nw Britain and New Ireland - then part of the Australian-mandated territory of New Guinea. Among them were the uncle of Labor identity Kim Beazley, the grandfather of Midnight Oils singer Peter Garrett and the brother of Australian Prime Minister Sir Earle Page. They were being sent on the prison ship to Hainan, China, as slave labour, when the Montevideo Maru was sunk by an American submarine. The captain of the USS Sturgeon did not know Australian and Allied prisoners were on board. In eleven minutes on one night, twice as many Australians died as in the entire Vietnam War. However the tragedy is hardly known to the general public. The Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Society, in concert with the Papua New Guinea Association of Australian (PNGAA) aims to make the loss of the 1053 souls on the Montevideo Maru an important part of our national narrative
- as it should be.
Kylie Adams-Collier's "Montevideo Maru 1942'"official performances:
25/04/23 Pittwater RSL sub-Branch ANZAC Day Dawn service.
"Montevideo Maru 1942"
Written by Kylie Adams-Collier.
Performed at the 80th Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Commemorative Service.
Australian War Memorial - 1st July 2022.
Video by Max Uechrtitz.
Montevideo Maru 1942 Music & lyrics by Kylie Adams-Collier.
I took my son to the War Memorial
We saw the roll of honour
And all of those who fell
Found Private Douglas Cook
Who died in Lone Pine long ago
We went inside and we looked at the world wars
And we cried for all of those on distant shores
Then I saw my grandad’s name
And I cried for what became of him
Grandad ran a plantation
in Papua New Guinea
Up there in the tropics
On an island of plenty
Yes, life was good
On an island up north
Then they took him away
As a prisoner of war
1st of July 1942
The ship went down
along with all its crew
Under friendly fire
The prisoners of war died too
Nobody knew where all the men had gone
They all went missing
On the way to Hainan
And it wasn’t ‘til the end of the war
That they found them again
Montevideo Maru 1942
Montevideo Maru 1942
"Montevideo Maru 1942" awards:
2020- Songs Alive Australia National Songwriting Competition Top 10 Finalist for heritage Song of The Year.
2018-Tamworth Songwriters Salute Awards Semi Finalists for Best Heritage Song.
2018- Australian Independent Country Music Awards Festival AICMAF- Heritage Song of The Year.
"Montevideo Maru 1942" on Spotify.
WW2 Lost at Sea Memorial Opening. 14th October 2017.
75th Rabaul & Montevideo Maru Commemorative Service & Tour. 2017.