This year marks the 70th anniversary of the siege of Tobruk during World War II.
Five Dock has long held a special place in the remembrance of Tobruk. The obelisk at the corner of Lyons Road and Great North Road was unveiled in 1968. It is modelled on the memorial at the Tobruk War Cemetery. Adjacent to the memorial is a row of trees planted by the Ladies of the Rats of Tobruk Association and the mast of the HMAS Vendetta which played a vital role in supply and reinforcement at Tobruk.
The Tobruk memorial has over the years been a meeting place for the veterans of Tobruk.
The illustration, above, is from a 1964 booklet held in Local Studies which appealed for the establishment of a Tobruk memorial. The question on the front cover, “Shall we remember them?” is resoundingly answered on the back cover, “Yes! We shall remember them.”