HMAS Sydney illuminated at night during the week after the entry of the first Royal Australian Navy Fleet into Sydney Harbour October 4 1913

Download this image

More from this collection

Support Pastpin!

Where: Unknown

Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.

When: 01 October 1913

Try to find the date or year when this image was made.
While escorting the first convoy of ANZAC troops bound for Europe on 9 November 1914 the Royal Australian Navy light cruiser HMAS Sydney engaged the infamous German commerce raider SMS Emden. The two light cruisers fought a 90 minute battle. The Emden’s guns had more range and fired first, but Sydney’s more powerful main guns pounded the Emden until it was disabled and beached on North Keeling Island. The Royal Australian Navy’s first great test of war ended in a comprehensive victory.

The exhibition 'Test of War - Royal Australian Navy in WW1 will open at the Australian National Maritime Museum 12 September 2014 and run until May 2015.

This photograph is believed to depict the Royal Australian Navy light cruiser, HMAS SYDNEY 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)

If reproduced or distributed, this image should be clearly attributed to the collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum; and not be used for any commercial or for-profit purposes without the permission of the museum. For more information see our Flickr Commons Rights Statement.

The ANMM undertakes research and accepts public comments that enhance the information we hold about images in our collection. This record has been updated accordingly.

Object number: ANMS0823[254]


Owner: Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Views: 13768

Add Tags
  • profile


    • 06/Mar/2014 12:23:21

    World war one was sure a terrible war.

  • profile


    • 03/Oct/2014 03:06:27

    I don't know if they had the lights on when using the ship for it's intended purposes, as the lights make it easier to hit.

  • profile

    MCI 102DL3 Superfan

    • 03/Oct/2014 03:30:35

    [[email protected]] They probably didn't!