This mural is a tribute to honour those who made the brave and patriotic decision in 1940 to voluntarily enlist, serving in the 2/22 Battalion of the Australian Army, known as Lark Force.
On 1 July 1942, 853 Australian POW and 200 civilian POW were lost when Japanese merchant ship was torpedoed and sunk by American Submarine, the USS Sturgeon. All perished, including three servicemen who enlisted from Stanhope.
This tragedy remains the largest maritime disaster in Australian history.
A project of the Stanhope RSL Sub Branch (founded 1918) in collaboration with the Stanhope and District Development Committee.
More information to come on the mural and the official opening.