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HMAS ADELAIDE I

Date: 1939-1945
Dimensions:
Overall: 160 mm
Medium: Resin
Object Name: Ship badge
Object No: 00054682

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    Description
    Ship badge from HMAS Adelaide (I) acquired by Captain William Cook, RAN during his Second World War service. This 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.
    SignificanceThis badge is associated with HMAS Adelaide (I), a Modified Town Class cruiser built for the Royal Australian Navy during the First World War. Adelaide served as one of the RAN's capital ships during the 1920s and 1930s, and served in the Pacific and Indian Oceans during the Second World War. The badge is also directly associated with William Cook, who assumed 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.

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