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Sailors on the deck of HMAS MELBOURNE

Date: 1920s
Overall: 108 x 64 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Margaret Kiley-Balas
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0846[001]

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    This black and white photograph depicts John Berchmans Kiley on the right and a fellow sailor standing on the deck of HMAS MELBOURNE. The two sailors are in uniform, with their HMAS MELBOURNE cap tallies in clear view.
    SignificanceThis photograph is visual record of John Berchmans Kiley's service on board Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS MELBOURNE in the late 1920s.
    HistoryJohn Berchmans Kiley was born on 29 January 1910 and joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1925. He began his naval service on HMAS TINGIRA, a ship for boy sailors moored at Rose Bay in Sydney, where he trained for 15 months. He went on to join HMAS SYDNEY and travelled to England, returning home on HMAS AUSTRALIA's (II) maiden voyage to Australia in 1928. Kiley also served in HMAS MELBOURNE, and undertook four years of training at HMAS CERBERUS studying a range of gunnery courses. Kiley reached the rank of Leading Seaman, and to his great disappointment was invalidated out of the navy around 1930 due to respiratory illness.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Sailors on the deck of HMAS MELBOURNE

    Assigned title: John Berchmans Kiley standing aboard HMAS MELBOURNE with unidentified sailor

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