Circular Quay, Sydney, 1940s

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Where: Level 1, 2 and 3, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay W, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

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HMS 'Formidable' berthed at Circular Quay
Dated: c.1945
Digital ID: 9856_a017_A017000167

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Owner: MHNSW - State Archives Collection
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    • 20/Feb/2009 09:31:37

    This must have been in 1945. The Royal Navy's aircraft carrier H.M.S. Formidable visited Sydney Harbour three times. 1. In July 1945 after Kamikaze attack for repair at Cockatoo Island and Garden Island. 2. Arriving at Circular Quay on 23 August 1945 bringing home troops and most importantly repatriating recently liberated Prisoners of War. 3. Arriving at Circular Quay on 13 October 1945, again bringing home troops and Prisoners of War. So this photograph was most likely taken shortly after the cessation of hostilities with Japan, between 23 August 1945 and late October 1945.

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    • 05/May/2009 23:34:49

    Thanks for the info, lifeasdaddy! We will amend the date of the photo.

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    • 08/Aug/2011 07:28:23

    Certainly no concrete edifice then.

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    • 25/Jan/2013 08:59:30

    Historic Cadman's Cottage behind the terminal....pinpointed by the palm trees above it.... Thank heavens that some wise people protected that beautiful old cottage, so that we are still able to enjoy it in 2013.

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    • 05/Feb/2016 07:47:18

    Spot the differences (dated 13/10/1945,'s option 3) -

3 years ago a contributor from Vaucluse, Australia suggested this image location is -33.8585, 151.21