Marauders of the Sea, German Armed Merchant Ships During W.W. 2
Press Reports about the Parliamentary Committee
Press report about the Parliamentary Committee enquiring into the loss of HMAS Sydney
(a) An attempt should be made to find the grave of the body of an unknown Australian sailor found on a raft near Christmas Island in 1941 and buried on that island, and that DNA testing should be used to try to identify him.
This Committee also found
(a) No convincing evidence that a Japanese Submarine sank the cruiser.
Finally, the Committee said, the law should be changed to give researchers access to some 21.6 kilometers of shelving, holding documents covering WW2, and held in archives, in case they held clues to Sydney's fate.
Part of the mythology surrounding Sydney and her loss, held that there was
"Whilst we cannot rule out material being misplaced (through human error) there has been no sign that material had been deliberately concealed."
We now await any reaction by the Federal Government to these recommendations and observations from this Committee!
MJG. 25 March 1999.