Naval Craft Australia


With the centenary of the official formation of the Royal Australian Navy in 2011, this is a good opportunity to admire a remarkable range of  naval images.  Some of these 200 plus images seem never to have been published.

A remarkable image of minesweeper HMAS Deloraine under attack in Darwin by Japanese aircraft shows how war came to Australia. There are images of destroyer torpedo practice in the 1930s; colonial warships in the days before federation, Australian Army small ships of WW2 and the last days of  Australia’s last fixed wing aircraft carrier. There are RAN submarines 100 years apart, the great gun  ships of the RAN and the converted tiddlers of WW2.

For costs and availability of obtaining any of these photos without watermark, as an electronic file, as a print from the original negative (where available) or as some other format, contact the Maritime Records and Research Centre’s Curator on mrrc@shf.org.au or 02 9298 3850, quoting the full file name and giving details of format wanted.

Copyright for the majority of these images from the collection is vested in the Sydney Heritage Fleet. For the remaining images every attempt has been made to ensure correct attribution. If any originator of an image notes an error the Sydney Heritage Fleet would welcome any notification and will remove that image or modify its attribution.

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