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Desk set made from the wood of the HMAS SYDNEY I

Date: c 1920
Dimensions:
Overall: 40 x 390 x 178 mm, 1.35 kg
Display Dimensions: 179 x 387 mm
Medium: Wood, brass, enamel, aluminium, felt
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from M Herman
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Desk set
Object No: 00031046
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    Desk set made from the wood of the first HMAS SYDNEY. In front of the inkwells is a blue enamel inlay with gold lettering reading "wood from HMAS SYDNEY".
    SignificanceThe HMAS SYDNEY and SMS EMDEN battle was one of immense significance for the RAN and the people of Australia. It proved the RAN was just as professional as the Royal Navy and also had a significant role to play in the Allied forces. The event was widely celebrated in Australia with many souvenirs and mementoes being manufactured. In addition to these souvenirs some were made from pieces of the ship, such as this desk set.
    HistoryHMAS SYDNEY was part of the first Royal Australian Navy fleet. Built in England in 1912, SYDNEY saw spectacular success in World War I during an engagement in the Indian Ocean against the German raider SMS EMDEN. In November 1915 SYDNEY defeated EMDEN in battle - an event that placed the RAN on the map in its own right.
    For the remainder of the War, the cruiser was deployed to the North Atlantic and West Indies Station, then the South Atlantic Station, the North Sea, and was present at the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in November 1918. From 1919 to 1928 SYDNEY undertook routine duties with the Australian Squadron until final decommissioning in 1928.

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