Seaman's cap tally band : HMAS Kuttabul

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney
Accession Number REL36006
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made Unknown
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Black cotton tally band for a sailor's cap. The ends, that would originally have been tied in a bow, have been cut off, shortening the band. The letters 'H.M.A.S KUTTABUL' are woven in gold lettering to the left of the bow.

History / Summary

HMAS Kuttabul collected by NX93640 Craftsman Thomas Sydney Turner, who served with Army Water Transport, Royal Australian Engineers, during the Second World War. Turner enlisted on 25 March 1942 and was discharged on 8 January 1946. It is not certain whether this tally relates to the Sydney ferry that became the first HMAS Kuttabul in the Second World War, and which was sunk during the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour in May 1942, or whether it relates to the shore establishment HMAS Kuttabul built at Pott's Point near the site of the sinking and named in honour of the ferry.