HMAS AUSTRALIA I outlined with lights

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Where: Sydney Orbital Network, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia

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When: 04 October 1913

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This photograph is believed to depict the first flagship of the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS AUSTRALIA I, moored in Sydney Harbour after the vessel's maiden voyage to Australia in 1913. A newspaper article describes the scene of the Australian fleet at night:

'The flagship Australia, with its thousand electric lights, was the centre of the picture, a thing of dazzling beauty.... the Australia and all of them burst into light, their lines, from hull to fore, and mainmast, picked out with countless electric lights. It was a veritable blaze of splendour.'

('Warships Illuminated', The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 October 1913)

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Object number: ANMS0823[255]

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    Antoine R

    • 02/Oct/2013 21:25:32

    This is the Repulse or Renown.

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    Antoine R

    • 05/Oct/2013 08:34:53

    Rather the Renown but I'm not sure.

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    Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons

    • 10/Oct/2013 00:06:32

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] It is difficult to tell, we have added your suggestions to our records though :)