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HMAS SYDNEY (I)

Date: 1914 - 1918
Dimensions:
Overall: 89 x 140 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print, paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Kim Andrews
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00017342

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    Description
    This black and white photographic postcard shows HMAS SYDNEY with members of the ship's company on deck. Text beneath the image celebrates the role that HMAS SYDNEY played in stopping the German cruiser SMS EMDEN in November 1914. The handwritten message on the back of the postcard reads "not much of a photo, but just thought it for a skylark".
    SignificanceThis postcard is an example of a commemorative item produced to honour and celebrate the victory of HMAS SYDNEY against the German cruiser SMS EMDEN. The battle marked the coming of age of the Royal Australian Navy as a capable naval force.
    HistoryOn 9 November 1914, while escorting a convoy near the Cocos Islands, the light cruiser HMAS SYDNEY was detached to investigate the sighting of a strange warship. This ship turned out to be the German light cruiser SMS EMDEN. In the ensuing battle, SYDNEY destroyed the EMDEN, subsequently gaining fame for being the first Royal Australian Navy vessel to win a battle.

    The defeat of the EMDEN had a postive impact on the national psyche during World War I and many Australians celebrated the victory. The defeat of the EMDEN provided some welcome good news for the community and boosted the war effort.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: HMAS SYDNEY (I)

    Primary title: WELL DONE AUSTRALIA , DEPICTS HMAS "SYDNEY", POSSIBLY MADE BY WOODHOUSE, E

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