Ship's bell : HMAS Australia (I)
|Title||Ship's bell : HMAS Australia (I)|
|On display||Main building: First World War Gallery: Australia Goes To War|
Brass bell from battle cruiser HMAS Australia. Black lettering on both sides of the bell reads 'H.M.A.S. AUSTRALIA 1913'. The headstock is painted grey and part of the attachment point has broken off and is missing.
This is the ships bell from the battle cruiser HMAS Australia (I). Bells have several important uses in the world's navies and merchant fleets. They are used for signalling, keeping time and sounding alarms, which maintain a ship's routine and readiness. As well as this functional use they are used in ceremonial occasions.