Discovery and Management of the M24 Japanese Midget Submarine  
APC 08062021 Feature
8 June | 12noon | $75
Speaker: Stirling Smith - Senior Maritime Archaeology Officer, Heritage NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

For over 60 years one of the great Australian wartime and maritime mysteries was the whereabouts of the third and last Japanese midget submarine, which attached Sydney Harbour on 31 May 1942. It was not until November 2006, that a group of weekend divers called 'No Frills Divers' located the M24 midget submarine off Bungan Head, Newport, Sydney. The wreck was immediately identified to be of national heritage significance and was listed as a protected Historic Shipwreck and placed on the NSW State Heritage Register. The M24 is seen as a unique heritage site internationally, representing one of only a handful of such submarine wreck sites located worldwide and in its original battle context.

Since its discovery in 2006, Heritage NSW (Department of Premier and Cabinet) in conjunction the Commonwealth and Japanese governments has developed several innovative and award-winning management strategies to protect and interpret the site. These have included an offshore video monitoring system, web-based exhibition, onsite commemorative events, 3D modeling and a trial public diver access program

This presentation will look at the historical background of the M24 and the management strategies that have been developed for this highly significant maritime archaeological site as well as some of the future management issues the site will face.

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