The anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, also known as the Battle of Darwin, is commemorated each year on 19 February at the Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, The Esplanade to mark the day World War II came to Australia. This event pays tribute, honours and remembers those who defended Darwin and the top end of Australia during the bombing of Darwin, including those who died, survived and fought on, and lost mates and family.
The service will begin at 9.30am with the sounding of the WWII air raid siren at 9.58am, the same time it sounded years ago as waves of Japanese bombers flew over the city. Survivors and veterans of the bombing of Darwin are expected to be there to celebrate the selflessness, courage and sacrifice that they gave during the bombing of Darwin.
19 February 1942 was the first time Australia had been attacked on home soil. Over the next 21 months, Darwin, Adelaide River, Katherine and Milingimbi in Arnhem Land were bombed 64 times.
Replica of aircraft used in WWII
You can learn more about the bombing of Darwin at Darwin Military Museum or visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility to see interactive displays about the bombing of Darwin. Darwin Aviation Museum is a home of B52 Bomber and an impressive presentation of the bombing of Darwin and the only known colour footage of the first air-raid in Darwin. At the NT Chinese Museum, you can see a small model of the old Chinatown, which gives you the chance to see what the bustling streets were like in the early days before the bombing of Darwin.
Join this free community event and pay your respects to those who lost their lives, to appropriately remember and acknowledge those, including the surviving veterans and civilians, who contributed to the defence of our county during World War II.
Darwin CBD Map before the Bombing of Darwin at NT Chinese Museum