Gerber, John George Joseph (Chief Petty Officer, b.1909 - d.1986)

Accession Number PR01800
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: x 1 cm
Object type Manuscript
Maker Gerber, John George Joseph
Place made Australia, Pacific Islands: Solomon Islands
Date made 1927
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 91/0866
Conflict Period 1920-1929

Papers of Chief Petty Officer John Gerber relating to his service with HMAS Adelaide in the Solomon Islands in 1927. The collection consists of a notebook containing a record of messages between HMAS Adelaide and various correspondents including South Head, Rabaul and Tulagi shortly prior to, and during, its voyage to the Solomon Islands. Times for the messages are included but no dates. The messages provide a brief account of the Australian troops sent to the Solomon Islands to apprehend some natives, led by Basiano, who were responsible for a series of murders. Gerber also writes of his personal experiences and observations of this mission. Included in the book is a newspaper article relating to the murders and the hunt for the natives.