During World War II, Cockatoo Island was the main ship repair facility in the southwest Pacific. 250 ships were converted or repaired at the island, including the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. In August 1943, the cruiser HMAS Hobart limped into Sydney Harbour and Cockatoo Island for repairs and modernisation after suffering torpedo damage in the New Hebrides. In 1945 HMAS Australia, a veteran of the Battle of the Coral Sea, also steamed home for repairs after suffering kamikaze attacks

During World War II, Cockatoo Island was the main ship repair facility in the southwest Pacific. 250 ships were converted or repaired at the island, including the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. In August 1943, the cruiser HMAS Hobart limped into Sydney Harbour and Cockatoo Island for repairs and modernisation after suffering torpedo damage in the New Hebrides. In 1945 HMAS Australia, a veteran of the Battle of the Coral Sea, also steamed home for repairs after suffering kamikaze attacks

Cockatoo Island, Sydney was once a convict settlement and a large shipbuilding yard

Cockatoo Island, Sydney was once a convict settlement and a large shipbuilding yard

Aug. 26 1943-1944: HOBART [I] in the Sutherland Dock at Cockatoo Island - HMAS CERBERUS Museum.

Aug. 26 1943-1944: HOBART [I] in the Sutherland Dock at Cockatoo Island - HMAS CERBERUS Museum.

Ball's Head and Goat Island from North Shore, Sydney Harbour c 1860-75

Ball's Head and Goat Island from North Shore, Sydney Harbour c 1860-75

Panoramic view of Blues Point looking towards Balmain and Goat Island

Panoramic view of Blues Point looking towards Balmain and Goat Island

Glass plate negative , HMS Curacoa of Imperial Squadron in dry dock on Cockatoo Island

Glass plate negative , HMS Curacoa of Imperial Squadron in dry dock on Cockatoo Island

Balmain & Goat Island from North Shore

Balmain & Goat Island from North Shore

Goat Island, almost denuded of trees, showing some of the early buildings

Goat Island, almost denuded of trees, showing some of the early buildings

Cockatoo Is. Sydney Harbour undated, pre 1870.

Cockatoo Is. Sydney Harbour undated, pre 1870.

Convict built wharf - Goat Island

Convict built wharf - Goat Island

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