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Photographic albums, HMAS CANBERRA, 1935-36

Date: 1935-1936
Overall: 178 x 254 x 33 mm, 550.39 g
Medium: Photograph
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Patrick Corrigan Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Object Name: Photograph album
Object No: 00045707

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    This photographic album is embossed with a three-masted ship and contains black and white photgraphs of HMAS CANBERRA's cruises between 1935 and 1936. It depicts views from the ship at sea, port and at locations in NSW and South Australia. They focus on CANBERRA's duties as a heavy cruiser for the Royal Australian Navy prior to the outbreak of World War II.
    SignificanceThis photograph album is a visual record of the peacetime career of HMAS CANBERRA, one of two heavy cruisers in the Royal Australian Navy prior to the outbreak of World War II.
    HistoryThe County class heavy cruiser HMAS CANBERRA was launched in Scotland in 1927 and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy the following year. Prior to World War II the cruiser remained in and around Australian home waters with occasional cruises to New Zealand and New Guinea.

    When World War II broke out in September 1939, CANBERRA continued to serve in home waters, patrolling and escorting across the Tasman Sea. In 1940 she was transferred to the Indian Ocean escorting troopships and convoys from Fremantle to Colombo and Cape Town. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, CANBERRA escorted troopships to Malaya and Java theatres of war and supported the landing of American troops at Guadalcanal and Tulagi in 1942.

    On 9 August 1942 two torpedoes struck the starboard side as well as over 20 salvos of 8-inch gunfire. Survivors were taken on board US Ships PATTERSON and BLUE, although 193 were lost of the 819 serving personnel.
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    Web title: Photographic albums, HMAS CANBERRA, 1935-36

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