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HMAS AUSTRALIA

Date: 1939 - 1945
Dimensions:
Sight: 230 x 340 mm
Overall: 327 x 435 mm, 0.95 kg
Medium: Oil on board, wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Ashley McDonald
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00028435

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    Description
    This painting depicts the Royal Australian Navy cruiser HMAS AUSTRALIA, leading a line of unidentified naval vessels while at sea. The scene takes place at sunset, or sunrise, with pink clouds across a dark sky, smoke bellows from the AUSTRALIA's funnels.
    SignificanceHMAS AUSTRALIA was the second vessel of the name in the RAN and the first flushed deck ship to launch aircraft by catapult, also the first ship especially fitted with external anti-torpedo tubes and mount quadruple torpedo-tubes.
    HistoryHMAS AUSTRALIA was one of the most famous RAN vessels.The AUSTRALIA,commissioned in 1928, proved to be highly active and successful during the Second World War, serving against German, Italian, Vichy French and Japanese forces.
    HMAS AUSTRALIA served with distinction in The battles of The Coral Sea, Leyte gulf and Lingayen Gulf, suffering heavy damage and many casualties on two occasions. The Second Australian County Class Cruiser, HMAS CANBERRA was destroyed during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

    HMAS AUSTRALIA was paid off in 1954 and broken up in England in 1956 after 26 years in service.

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