HMS Wallaroo and Royal Arthur
|Title||HMS Wallaroo and Royal Arthur|
|Artist||Ashton, Julian Rossi|
|Place made||Australia: New South Wales, Sydney|
|Medium||watercolour on paper|
|Measurement||overall: 26.4 x 36.8 cm|
Depicts two vessels from the Royal Navy Auxiliary Squadron, HMS Wallaroo and HMS Royal Arthur. HMS Wallaroo (originally laid down as HMS Persian) was a third class cruiser, and HMS Royal Arthur, a first class cruiser and flagship of the Auxiliary Squadron. In June 1900 the British government sought and received permission from the Australian colonies to send the Auxiliary Squadron ship Wallaroo based in Sydney, and two Australian squadron ships to China. They arrived in September 1900 but were too late to see any significant fighting.