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HMAS SYDNEY cap tally

Date: 1920
Dimensions:
Overall: 1157 x 28 mm
Medium: Cloth
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John B Kiley
Object Name: Cap tally
Object No: 00036203

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    Description
    This HMAS SYDNEY cap tally belonged to John Berchmans Kiley and was stored in his ditty box. Tallies are attached around a sailor's cap and identify the ship in which they serve. This cap tally represents Kiley's service in HMAS SYDNEY.
    SignificanceThis cap tally is part of a collection of personal effects belonging to John Berchmans Kiley. It is an important historical record of the daily life of a boy sailor in the Royal Australian Navy in the early 20th century.
    HistoryJohn Berchmans Kiley was born on 29 January 1910 and joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1925. He began his naval service on HMAS TINGIRA, a ship for boy sailors moored at Rose Bay in Sydney, where he trained for 15 months. He went on to join HMAS SYDNEY and travelled to England, returning home on HMAS AUSTRALIA. Kiley also served in HMAS MELBOURNE, and undertook four years of training at HMAS CERBERUS studying a range of gunnery courses. Kiley reached the rank of Leading Seaman, and to his great disappointment was invalidated out of the navy around 1930 due to respiratory illness.

    The light cruiser HMAS SYDNEY was a ship of the newly-formed Royal Australian Navy, commissioned in June 1913. During World War I it was initially engaged in operations in the Pacific and in November 1914 escorted the first troop convoy to the Middle East. On 9 November HMAS SYDNEY engaged with and defeated the German cruiser SMS EMDEN off the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. It was a great event celebrated across Australia and showed Australia's allies - Great Britain in particular - that the federated states could indeed defend its shores. Throughout the rest of the war SYDNEY served in the Caribbean and also with the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet in the North Sea. After the war the cruiser returned to Australian waters and undertook routine duties until paid off in 1928 and broken up in 1929.


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    Assigned title: HMAS SYDNEY cap tally used by John Berchmans Kiley

    Web title: HMAS SYDNEY cap tally

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