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Banquet menu for the arrival of the Australian Fleet in 1913

Date: 1913
Overall: 198 x 128 mm
Medium: Coloured lithographic print, paper, card, ribbon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Ada Christopher
Object Name: Menu
Object No: AX000189
Place Manufactured:Sydney


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    A commemorative menu for the banquet hosted by His Majesty's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth of Australia for Rear-Admiral Sir George E. Pate K.C.V.O, and the officers of the Australian Fleet. Held at Sydney Town Hall on 4 October 1913, the day of the fleet’s arrival.
    The patriotic cover depicts a woman standing draped in the Australian flag with arm outstretched, welcoming the Australian Fleet entering Sydney Harbour through the Heads.
    SignificanceThe formation of the Royal Australian Navy and the arrival its first fleet into Sydney, was an event of national significance. Post federation, the establishment and fruition of an Australian navy was seen as a sign of independence and state unity.
    This national pride would be put to the test the following year at the outbreak of World War I.

    Arrived on 4 October 1913 after departing Spithead in England on 30 June 1913. On his departure King George awarded him Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on board HMAS AUSTRALIA.
    Patey and the Australian Fleet sailed into Sydney on 4 October 1913 and was welcomed with great fanfare including this state banquet att he Sydney Town Hall hosted by his Majesty's Ministers of State for the Commonwealth of Australia.
    Patey, on loan from the Royal Navy, became the Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Fleet and
    commanded the Australian naval squadron as part of the first naval operations of World War I that involvedt he securing of German Samoa and German New Guinea.

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