70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin

2012 is the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

On 19 February 1942, World War II was brought to the shores of Australia when the Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin. On this day over 243 people, both armed forces personnel and civilians, lost their lives. Eight ships were sunk and 11 damaged. A section of the wharf was destroyed, killing 22 waterside workers. Over the next 21 months, Darwin, Adelaide River, Katherine and Milingimbi in Arnhem Land were bombed 64 times.

The Australian History Mysteries website has a great video, unit and interactive module about the mysteries surrounding the bombings that you might like to use in your classroom to commemorate this key event. The interactive is also available free online in our e-learning section.