19 February 2019
AUSTRALIA REMEMBERS THE BOMBING OF
TODAY, on the Bombing of Darwin
Day, all Australians are encouraged to remember
those who protected our shores and tragically
died when the Japanese launched bombing raids on
Northern Australia during the Second World War.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Darren Chester said from 19 February 1942 to 12
November 1943, Darwin, and other northern towns
including Katherine, Broome, Townsville, Wyndham
and Cairns, were bombed by Japanese forces.
“The first attacks on 19
February were by far the most destructive, with
242 Japanese aircraft bombing Darwin in two
separate attacks, killing more than 240 people,”
Mr Chester said.
“Australians should never forget
the day the Second World War came to our
doorstep, and we should all honour the
sacrifices of those who served, and tragically
died, in defence of our nation.”
In November last year, Darwin
was visited by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe who laid a wreath at the city’s cenotaph. Mr
Abe is the first Japanese Prime Minister to
visit Darwin since the bombing raids during the
Second World War.
“Australia, and in particular
the Northern Territory, will always remember the
events of 19 February 1942, and they will too
remember this historic visit by Mr Abe as a sign
of respect to those who served and died,” Mr
The Bombing of Darwin Day has
been a national day of observance since 2011.
The Northern Territory
Government will recognise the anniversary by
conducting a National Day of Observance
Commemorative Service in Darwin on Tuesday, 19
On 3 September 2019 we will mark
80 years since the commencement of Australia
involvement in the Second World War.