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Sailors sleeping on deck

Date: 1920s
Dimensions:
Overall: 114 x 70 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Margaret Kiley-Balas
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0831[005]

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    Description
    This black and white photograph decpits three sailors sleeping on the deck of a naval vessel. It belonged to John Berchmans Kiley who served in the Royal Australian Navy.
    SignificanceThis photograph offers a pictorial record of the daily lives and conditions of sailors who served on board Royal Australian Navy ships in the 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. Kiley also served on 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.

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