Northern Territory Government

Roll of Honour

KANE, Michael Patrick George

HMAHS Manunda

HMAHS Manunda.


Michael Kane was a member of the Australian Merchant Navy and worked as a steward on the Australian Hospital Ship Manunda. He was born in 1903 and was the son of Michael Patrick and Mary Anne Kane, of Darlinghurst, New South Wales.

HMAHS Manunda was anchored in Darwin Harbour near the merchant ship Zealandia and the oil tanker British Motorist when it was first hit by shrapnel and then a bomb during the first Japanese air attack on Darwin, 19 February 1942. Twelve members of the crew and hospital staff were killed, including Michael Kane, and forty-seven others were wounded. The medical and nursing staff quarters were destroyed, B and C decks were severely damaged and fires started on board. Despite the chaos, Manunda continued to treat incoming wounded and staff manned the life-boats rescuing injured men from the sea.

Michael Kane was forty years old when killed during the Japanese air attack. He has no known grave. He was remembered in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper (19 February 1951) by his sister, Mae, brother-in-law, Mac and niece and nephew, Laurel and Frank.

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