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Paper based material collected by Commander Whitebrook during World War II

Date: 1942 - 1945
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from L Whitebrook
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0295

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    Description
    This archive collection is comprised of paper based material collected by Commander Herbert Gordon Whitebrook between 1942 and 1945. It consists of news circulars, Japanese propaganda leaflets, a poster, menu, and proclamation.
    SignificanceThis archive series documents Whitebrook's experiences during his service in the Royal Australian Navy. Of particular significance are the Japanese propaganda leaflets which represent the surrender of the Japanese second army in Ambon to Australian forces, and of the repatriation of Australian prisoners of war (the survivors of Gull Force). They provide a rare personal glimpse into the darker side of Australia's involvement in the war in the Pacific.
    HistoryCommander Herbert Gordon Whitebrook was born 10 December 1907 in Sydney, New South Wales. He joined the Cadet Reserve of the Royal Australian Navy when he was 12 years old and remained in the reserve during his adult life. While serving in World War II he became the first Reserve officer to be given command of a vessel - HMAS GLENELG.

    During the war he served in HMA Ships KOOKABURRA, BENALLA, STELLA, HEROS and GLENELG. As commander of the GLENELG between March 1945 and January 1946, Whitebrook was involved in the Japanese surrender of Ambon in the Netherlands East Indies, and the consequent repatriation of Australian prisoners of war.

    During peace time, Whitebrook undertook his reserve training sessions on survey vessel HMAS MORESBY. Whitebrook retired from the Navy on 27 February 1952.
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    Web title: Paper based material collected by Commander Whitebrook during World War II

    Primary title: PAPER BASED MATERIAL COLLECTED BY COMMANDER HERBERT G WHITEBROOK, CONSISITS OF ONE MENU, THREE NEWS CIRCULARS, ONE POSTER, ONE PROCLAMATION AND FOUR JAPANESE PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS

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