ID number RELAWM14258
Title Model Ship SMS Emden : Quartermaster, SMS Emden
Collection Technology
Object type Model
Place made Australia
Date made c 1916
Physical description
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Wire
  • Wood
On display Anzac Hall: Main Hall: Naval Case 04


Hand made model of SMS Emden, realised in wood, brass, copper and wire, in approximately 1:150 scale. The hull is carved from wood, and features teak decking, full rigging, gun turrets, separate lifeboats (one is missing on the starboard side), brass screws and rudder, and brass name and decorative scroll/coat of arms on the bow. The whole model is mounted on a pair of turned brass rods.


This model was originally made by the Quartermaster of the SMS Emden while he was a prisoner of war at Holdsworthy Camp after the sinking of the Emden by HMAS Sydney in 1914. The model then passed into the hands of Lieutenant Kenneth Briscombe, who served as a dentist at Holdsworthy. The model was donated to the Memorial in the late 1940s, where it was repaired (but not improved) by model maker Peter Andreas. There were concerns about the accuracy of the rigging, but every effort was made to replicate the original maker's intention.