Custom box 1 of 1 - Hand-written diary by an unknown sailor, HMAS Sydney (I)

Accession Number AWM2017.7.110
Collection number PR04483
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 76 Image/s captured
Maker Unknown
Place made At sea
Date made 1913-1916
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918
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Collection relating to the First World War service of HMAS Sydney (I).

Custom box 1 of 1 - Hand-written diary (possibly a midshipman's journal) relating to HMAS Sydney (I). 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.