ID number1DRL/0351
Collection typePrivate Record
TitleHill, Gerald Ashby (Lieutenant-Commander)
Measurement1 folder: 3 cms.
Object typePapers
MakerHill, Gerald Ashby
Place madeAustralia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made1928
DescriptionCollection relating to the service of Lieutenant-Commander Gerald Ashby Hill, RAN, German New Guinea, Malaysia and Mediterranean, 1914-1918. Collection consists of a photostat copy of the log book of the Australian Destroyer, HMAS Yarra, written by Lieutenant-Commander Gerald Ashby Hill, RAN (logbook begins at 30 July 1914) and an extract from the narrative of service of Lieutenant-Commander Gerald Ashby Hill. Copies made by Australian War Memorial, Melbourne, 1930. Location of originals unknown.
SummaryThis collection consists chiefly of a photostat copy of the log book of the Australian destroyer, HMAS Yarra. Lieutenant-Commander Hill writes with great attention to detail and with considerable humour. His account of the landing of AN&MEF personnel at Kabakaul on 11 September 1914, which resulted in the first Australian casualties of the war, is particularly interesting. Hill also writes at length about other RAN activities in and around Rabaul, Herbertshohe, Rossel Island, Port Moresby, Suva. Several of the later chapters contain lengthy descriptions of his experiences as he journeyed up the Sepik River in search of German weapons. Hill writes of the local vegetation & bird life, the customs and living conditions of the indigenous people in the area, and relates several fascinating encounters with local people with whom he and his crew bartered & traded goods. [note: Lieutenant-Commander Hill donated approximately 40 photographs to the Australian War Memorial, which serve to illustrate his logbook. The AWM serial numbers of these photos are J03316 through J03353.]

Biographical note: Lieutenant-Commander, HMAS Yarra, HMAS Torrens, RAN. Master Mariner, born Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, 1st May 1880; loaned to the Australian Navy in 1913 and came out in HMAS Australia. Served in "Yarra" and "Torrens" during the war - German New Guinea, Malaysia and Mediterranean.