HMAS Mindari

HMAS Mindari is a former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) gunnery instruction centre located on Cowper Wharf Road in Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, that was in operation during World War II.

HMAS Mindari
Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales in Australia
The Gunnery, at one time HMAS Mindari, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo.
HMAS Mindari
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates33°52′13″S 151°13′20″E
Site information
Operator Royal Australian Navy
Site history
In use1 January 1943 (1943-01-01)  30 April 1948 (1948-04-30)
  • Decommissioned;
  • A naval film laboratory and cinema
  • Now occupied by the Gunnery Art Gallery (since 1975)


Prior to its resumption and later acquisition by the Australian Government for defence purposes, the site was built by John Fairfax & Sons as a store for The Sydney Morning Herald.[1] HMAS Mindari was commissioned on 1 July 1945[2] and was decommissioned on 30 April 1948[3] and was initially used as a naval film laboratory and cinema before being repurposed as the Gunnery Art Gallery under the management of the Ministry for the Arts.[1]

A newspaper article in 1945 reported that "HMAS Mindari is a gunnery instructional centre in Woolloomooloo. Its principal activity has been the training of Australian and Allied merchant seamen in the use of guns. For this it used a 'dome,' on the ceiling of which a cinema projects a plane. Members of the class shoot at this with Oerlikons and Bofors guns while attempts to distract their aim are made by the realistic sound of guns and planes."[4]

See also

  • Australian War Memorial Photos relating to Naval Gunnery Instructional School at Woolloomooloo. Retrieved 12 May 2019.


  1. "ARTSPACE VISUAL ARTS CENTER – WOOLLOOMOOLOO IN SYDNEY (PHOTOS)". Leonard Epstein Photography. Leonard Epstein. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  2. "Australian Naval History on 1 July 1945". Naval Historical Society of Australia Inc. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. "Australian Naval History on 30 April 1948". Naval Historical Society of Australia Inc. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  4. R.A.N. ESTABLISHMENTS. Cairns Post, 17 September 1945, p. 5. Accessed 10 May 2019
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