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HMAS CANBERRA (I)

Date: 1939-1945
Dimensions:
Overall: 87 x 140 mm
Medium: Photographic image, Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00000486
Place Manufactured:Armadale

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    Description
    This black and white photographic postcard features the County class cruiser HMAS CANBERRA (I) in Sydney Harbour. Produced by the Rose Stereograph Company in Armadale, Victoria, this postcard is number 102 in a series of cards featuring Royal Australian Navy ships.
    SignificanceThis postcard of HMAS CANBERRA is a pictorial record of a vessel that holds a significant place in Australian maritime history having served in the Royal Australian Navy.
    HistoryHMAS CANBERRA was a Kent sub-class design of the County class heavy cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy, built by John Brown & Co Ltd at Clydebank, Scotland in 1925. After spending its first five months in British waters CANBERRA transferred to Australia and acted as flagship of the Australia Station on a number of occasions.

    When World War II broke out HMAS CANBERRA conducted patrols and escorted convoys in Australian waters and the Tasman Sea from 1939-1940. In 1940 it began escort services in the Indian Ocean. In May 1942 CANBERRA was stationed in Sydney to undergo refitting and was present during the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour. In August 1942 CANBERRA was used to support American troop landings in Guadalcanal and Tulagi. It was during this period that the cruiser was torpedoed twice and sunk in the midst of fierce fighting during the Battle of Savo Island, 9 August 1942.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: HMAS CANBERRA (I)

    Assigned title: HMAS CANBERRA Cruiser of the Kent class

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