Embarkation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) for New Guinea. At ...

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Accession Number A03272
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original whole-plate negative
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 19 August 1914
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Embarkation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) for New Guinea. At the request of the British Government a special force, the Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force, was raised between 10 August 1914 and 18 August 1914, and despatched against the neighbouring German colonies. It was a volunteer force, enlisted partly from the naval reserves in the various states and partly from the militia. A portion of the military contingent is shown, being ferried down Sydney Harbour in course of embarkation. These were the first infantry to leave Australia.