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Hoisting a torpedo on a naval ship

Date: 1920s
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Margaret Kiley-Balas
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0823[205]

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    This photograph belonged to John Berchmans Kiley, who served on HMA Ships SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and MELBOURNE. The photograph depicts crew hoisting a torpedo on the deck of a ship, possibly HMAS AUSTRALIA (II).
    SignificanceThis photograph is a record of HMAS AUSTRALIA (II) which holds a significant place in Australian history having served in the Royal Australian Navy over four decades.
    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

    Primary title: Crew of HMAS AUSTRALIA loading a torpedo

    Web title: Hoisting a torpedo on a naval ship

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