VP Day unveiling

VP Day Commemoration – A Special Day

Our VP Day 75th Anniversary Commemoration was held on Sunday 25 October.

A number of special dignitaries joined us onboard the Quarterdeck of HMAS Diamantina, including:

  • His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland
  • Ms Terri Butler MP, Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water, Federal Member for Griffith
  • Mr TANAKA Kazunari, Consul-General of Japan in Brisbane
  • Commander Gerald Savvakis, HMAS Moreton
  • Councillor Angela Owen, representing Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

We thank all those who attended to mark this historic moment in time, as well as the Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland for its wonderful music.

A lovely surprise was the recognition of HMAS Diamantina by Engineers Australia. The ship and its engine room were awarded a national heritage marker, a very rare honour. We were thrilled His Excellency could unveil the marker.

Pictured with the marker here is veteran Stoker William “Bill” McDonald, a member of HMAS Diamantina‘s commissioning crew in 1945. Bill was present on the Quarterdeck when the historic surrender signings took place at Nauru and Ocean Island. Bill is pictured with his son Garry and daughter-in-law Jill.

On the other side are Jemma, Zoe and Joel Spotswood, the grandchildren of Able Seaman James “Jim” Spotswood, who is based in Melbourne and couldn’t be with us for the service. Jim was also a member of the 1945 commissioning crew, and used to man the gun behind the easel in this picture!

You can watch the livestreamed broadcast of this service online via our YouTube channel: VP Day on QMM YouTube Channel

VP Day attendees

VP Commemoration – QR Code

In honour of the HMAS Diamantina and its historic time in World War Two we have created an Augmented Reality of the plaque that stands proudly on its quarterdeck.

We invite you to open this during our live stream event on the 25th October 10am AEST. If you cant wait feel free to scan the QR code and have a look now.

Enjoy bringing a small part of the event into your world to help celebrate the VP Commemoration with us during the live stream event.


QR CODE -VP Commemoration


Step 1 Download the STYLY app onto your phone through AppStore or Playstore.

Step 2 Open the camera on your phone and scan the QR code.

Step 3 Allow the Styly app to open and allow it to load.  (on some phones it may require you to scan the QR Code again)

Step 4 Once loaded press the  START button.

Step 5 hold your phone over an open space on the ground and tap your phone.

Step 6 the tap makes the plaque appear then it will load an additional poster (starts as a white square)

Step 7 looking through your phone you can walk around the object and read the plaque and the quote on the poster.