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Captain J C T Glossop

Date: 1916
Overall: 90 × 140 mm
Display dimensions: 90 × 140 mm
Medium: Photographic print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00001313

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    This postcard featuring HMAS SYDNEY's commanding officer Captain John Glossop was produced as an advertisement card for Massey-Harris Co Ltd, Sydney. It depicts Glossop in full dress uniform. Glossop was hailed a hero after HMAS SYDNEY (I) defeated the German raider SMS EMDEN off the Cocos-Keeling Islands in 1914.
    SignificancePhotographed in 1916, two years after his celebrated victory over the German raider EMDEN, this picture of Captain Glossop circulated widely as a popular postcard.
    HistoryCaptain John Collings Taswell Glossop (1871-1934) was a British officer lent to the Royal Australian Navy in 1913.

    During World War I HMAS SYDNEY (I), under Glossop's command, defeated and beached the German raider SMS EMDEN off the Cocos-Keeling Islands on 9 November 1914. This was the first naval action involving an Australian warship.

    Glossop was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1921 shortly before being placed on the retired list, and to Vice Admiral in 1926.

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