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Pyjama party on HMAS WARREGO

Date: c 1942
Overall: 64 x 90 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Philip Stafford Jay
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00029067

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    This photograph shows a group of sailors on the deck of HMAS WARREGO enjoying a pyjama party at sea. The ships bridge can be seen behind them.
    SignificanceThis photograph provides insight into the leisure activities on board Royal Australian Navy ships during World War II. With radio strictly for service requirements, and television unheard of, the only entertainment provided was the occasional silent movie at sea. Sailors resorted to making their own fun, playing games adopted from the Royal Navy such as "Priests of the Parish" and "Hunkers", as well as fancy dress and pyjama parties.
    HistoryHMAS WARREGO was a Grimsby class sloop of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Laid down at Cockatoo Island Dockyard in Sydney on 15 May 1939, WARREGO was launched on 10 February 1940 by Mrs Pattie Menzies, wife of the Prime Minister, and commissioned into the RAN on 22 August 1940.

    WARREGO was engaged in mine sweeping operations in Australian waters during 1940; and then sailed to Darwin in 1941 for anti-submarine and escort duties. On 19 February 1942 Japanese planes attacked Darwin. WARREGO miraculously avoided damage during the attack. She sailed to Sydney for a refit in May 1942.

    WARREGO then participated in various anti-submarine patrols and escort convoys from Townsville to New Guinea, Thursday Island to Darwin, and later Onslow to Darwin. After a refit in Brisbane in 1943, she resumed convoy duties as well as survey duties in New Guinea in 1944 and the Philippines in 1945. WARREGO also contributed to the successful Australian troop landing at Borneo in July 1945.

    After World War II WARREGO conducted surveys off Tasmania and Queensland until 1949 when she was returned to Sydney. WARREGO was recommissioned in June 1951 and undertook various survey operations in Australian waters until she was decommissioned in August 1963. WARREGO was sold two years later, and broken up in 1966 at Rozelle Bay, Sydney.

    HMAS WARREGO (II) earned the following Battle Honours - Darwin 1942, Pacific 1941-45, New Guinea 1942, Lingayen Gulf 1945, and Borneo 1945.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Pyjama party taken on HMAS WARREGO

    Primary title: Our pyjama party

    Web title: Pyjama party on HMAS WARREGO

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