Souvenir : Small lead model Japanese midget submarine

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney
Accession Number REL/01953
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Aus Threat
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia, Japan
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Waterline model of a Japanese midget submarine Type ‘A Kai 1’ (improved version 1). The model is 110 mm in length. Cast into the starboard side of the model is the wording:"Made from Ballast Jap midget sub' and on the port side is the wording:"Sunk in Sydney Harbour May 31 1942". The model has been cast from lead, into a two part mould, with the parting line running down the vertical centreline of the boat.

History / Summary

This is a souvenir model cast from the lead ballast of one of the two prototype submarines, both of which were recovered from Sydney harbour after their attack in May 1942.