HMAS Perth

Accession Number ART26927
Collection type Art
Measurement Framed: 64.5 cm x 75.1 cm x 6 cm; Unframed: 45.5 cm x 61.5 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Adams, Dennis
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Features the heavy cruiser HMAS "Perth" during the Second World War. A series of modified Leander class cruisers HMAS Perth, HMAS Hobart and HMAS Sydney were all built in Britain and then later commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy. To mark one such event, HMAS Amphion was re-christened HMAS Perth by HRH the Duchess of Kent on 29 June 1939. It then embarked from Plymouth to represent Australia in the World Fair in New York on July 26, just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War in which it was to serve with distinction.

This painting of HMAS Perth is noteworthy in that the artist originally depicted the near identical HMAS Sydney, which sank in November 1941. With the sinking of HMAS Perth in March 1942, Dennis Adams over painted the picture for reproduction in the first RAN service annual, 'HMAS', published later that same year.