Search the Collection
Advanced Search
Image Not Available

HMAS AUSTRALIA (I)

Date: 1914
Dimensions:
Overall: 139 x 87 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00003395

User Terms

    Description
    A finely coloured postcard that features Australia’s first flagship, the Indefatigable class battle cruiser HMAS AUSTRALIA.
    SignificanceThe formation of the Royal Australian Navy in 1911 was a significant step forward in Australia’s nationhood. HMAS AUSTRALIA was the flagship of the RAN.
    HistoryHMAS AUSTRALIA was the RAN’s first flagship having been launched in 1911 and commissioned in 1913. Built by John Brown and Co Ltd, Clydebank, Scotland, the battle cruiser led the ships of the Australian Fleet Unit – the embodiment of Australian sea power. Some time was then spent on port visits, showcasing the cruiser to the nation. Service in WWI included patrol and escort duties firstly against the Germans in the Pacific region and then in the North Sea. AUSTRALIA returned safely to Australia in 1919 where her career was shortlived. Under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 the ship was prepared for scuttling. After the removal of equipment for use in other naval ships, much of the remainder was allocated as teaching aids to various universities and technical colleges around the country. A syndicate was awarded the contract to remove all remaining material of value prior to sinking. They sold parts of the vessel to the public as souvenirs. AUSTRALIA was sunk off Sydney Heads on 12 April 1924.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: HMAS AUSTRALIA (I)

    Primary title: HMAS "AUSTRALIA", PUBLISHED BY VALENTINE AND SONS PUBLISHING CO LTD, LONDON

    Discuss this Object

    Comments

    Please log in to add a comment.