Group portrait of three HMAS Sydney shipmates including 7043 William John Benney (believed to be ...

Unit HMAS Sydney (1913-1928)
Accession Number P05811.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Maker Simpson, D Cumming
Place made United Kingdom: Scotland
Date made c 1913
Conflict Period 1910-1919
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Group portrait of three HMAS Sydney shipmates including 7043 William John Benney (believed to be standing), taken at Dunfermline. In 1909 the Admiralty proposed the creation of a Pacific fleet consisting of three fleet units to be operated by Imperial forces in the Pacific region. Each fleet unit would be built around a battle-cruiser, supported by several light cruisers. One of these fleet units would comprise the Royal Australian Navy. With Australian Government agreement to this concept, work was commenced on the ships. The light cruiser HMAS Sydney was laid down in Scotland and commissioned in June 1913.

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