Search for the Centaur

Join us for this very special presentation of the Our Story Your Story series of talks and discussions, Search for the Centaur. Australian Hospital Ship CentaurCommemorative plaque on the wreck of the AHS Centaur

Queensland Museum's Historic Shipwrecks Officer Ed Slaughter will discuss the historical background and provide an eye-witness account of the successful search for the wreck of The Australian Hospital Ship Centaur.

Two kilometres beneath the waves off Moreton Island near Brisbane, the search, led by international Shipwreck Hunter David Mearns over the summer of 2009/10, sparked an emotional time of remembrance for families of survivors and those lost on the ship.

On show will be the vivid and haunting underwater images of the ship preserved by the sea, as well as the technology used in finding the Centaur.

The Centaur was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in the early hours of 14 May 1943. This tragic and controversial incident occurred on the doorstep of Brisbane with the loss of 268 non-combatant lives.

The fact that its sinking was a direct contravention of the Hague Convention of 1907, involved shocking loss of life, and that the location of the wreck site was surrounded by mystery have made Centaur one of the greatest Australian maritime disasters.


Entry is free, but places are limited.

Tickets can be booked through the QTIX website or by calling QTIX on 136 246.

Our Story Your Story

Search for the Centaur is part of Our Story Your Story, a new series of talks and discussions held on the first Wednesday of the month at 12:30pm.

More Our Story Your Story talks. 

Event Details

11 May 2010, 06:45 PM - 08:00 PM
Theatre, Level 2, Queensland Museum South Bank
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