Unknown sailor, HMAS Sydney (I)

Accession Number PR04483
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 custom box: 5 cm.
Object type Diary
Maker Unknown
Place made At sea
Date made 1913-1916
Access Open
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Hand-written diary (possibly a midshipman's journal) in a 95 page ruled ledger, relating to HMAS Sydney (I). Front cover and title page are missing. Writing style is impersonal. The diary covers the period from 25 July 1913 to 31 October 1916. It includes: extensive descriptions of the ship's initial voyage to Australia; movements and operations with other ships of the Royal Australian Navy before the First World War, including the submarines AE1 and AE2; declaration of war and donation of Battle Ensigns; operations around New Guinea and the Pacific at the beginning of the War; the engagement with SMS Emden; operations around the Caribbean and West Indies; and other events. The diary contains photographs, postcards, postage stamps and pictures cut from magazines throughout. Many of these relate to the places the "Sydney" has visited.

Also included are two duplicated sheets, on HMAS Sydney letterhead, titled 'Steaming Record', which detail the ship's performance, fuel consumption, distance traveled, water used, etc. Appended are two lists: the first concerning oil and coal loaded; the second concerning places and ports visited, with dates and distances travel led. The written content appears to replicate that found in another journal (described as a 'Log') kept on board the "Sydney", now in the collection of the Australian National Maritime Museum.