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03rd November 2016

The Territory Remembers program commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing and Darwin and Northern Territory’s significant involvement in World War II.

On 19 February 1942 mainland Australia came under air attack for the first time when Japanese forces mounted two air raids on Darwin. The bombing continued across Darwin and northern Australia until November 1943. The Bombing of Darwin is to this day the largest single most destructive attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.

Seventeen years later, a worldwide tender called for a salvage company to clear Darwin Harbour of the war wrecks that were posing a threat to the shipping channel. In spite of the controversy, the contract was given to a Japanese company, Fujita Salvage. Amazingly, what followed was a remarkable act of peace and a gift to re-unite two churches, in Kyoto and Darwin, as a symbol of reconciliation.

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4 November 2016 - 27 February 2017
Darwin Memorial Uniting Church