Edward Chapman - Sinking of the Centaur

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58 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


When the Centaur sunk, we were at Bribie Island. We had a small base there where the old Cooper jetty was, and they wouldn't let us go because we were too small and wasn't armed enough. That's the only part I can tell you.

We heard the explosion and that was it…We felt very upset because we didn't know what was going on and it wasn't until a couple of days we were told what happened but we were really upset about it.

All those people being lost. You could say they were virtually your mates, but they were civilian crews on them.

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