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HMAS YARRA III ship badge

Date: 1930s
Dimensions:
Overall: 250 × 195 × 16 mm
Medium: Wood, metal, paint, plastic
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Rhod Cook
Object Name: Ship badge
Object No: 00054673

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    Description
    A ship badge from HMAS YARRA (II) acquired by Captain William Cook, RAN when he served aboard the vessel in the late 1930s during the early phase of his naval career. It comprises a hand painted circular shaped badge with a golden stylised rope pattern around the edge and in the centre features a kookaburra sitting on a tree branch over a light blue background. The name YARRA is inside a box at the centre top of the rope. The top of the badge is capped by a golden naval crown featuring two masts with white sails and the brown stern of a ship. It is mounted on a wooden plaque shaped like a shield.
    SignificanceThis badge is associated with HMAS YARRA (II), a Grimsby Class sloop that served with distinction during the Second World War, but was later sunk by a Japanese cruiser flotilla on 4 March 1942. The badge is also directly associated with William Cook, who served aboard YARRA during the early phase of his naval career. Cook would later assume command of HMAS NIZAM in February 1945 and become the youngest Australian naval officer to command a destoyer during the Second World War. He would also serve as First Lieutenant aboard HMAS WYATT EARP, the first Australian naval vessel to participate in an Antarctic research expedition (the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition) in the immediate post-war period.
    HistoryThis object is one of a large collection of documents, photographs, uniforms, ship badges and ephemera associated with the Royal Australian Navy service of brothers William Cook and Frederick Cook. Both men entered service prior to the Second World War, were seconded to the Royal Navy, and underwent training at Greenwich and Portsmouth. Frederick Cook later gained fame as the only Australian survivor of HMS ROYAL OAK, torpedoed by a German U-boat in October 1939. William Cook was the youngest commander of an Australian destroyer during the Second World War, and was First Lieutenant of HMAS WYATT EARP, the primary research vessel for the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition in 1947-48.

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