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H.M.A.S. Sydney  by Virginia McGowan

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A tee to commemorate the Finding of H.M.A.S. Sydney


HMAS Sydney was a light cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) between 1934 and 1941. Sydney had great success in the first years of World War II, but controversy and mystery surrounded the loss of the battle-hardened ship and her crew in November 1941.4 Her sinking with all hands represents the greatest ever loss of life in an Australian warship; Sydney was also the largest Allied vessel of any country to be lost with all hands during the war.

She was classified by the RAN as a Modified Leander class cruiser, although these ships are sometimes known as the “Perth class” or the “Amphion class”. As Sydney was originally intended for the Royal Navy, she was known as HMS Phaeton for part of her construction. The ship was bought by the Australian government and renamed before she was launched.

After years of searching, the wreckage of the German vessel that sank HMAS Sydney, the auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, was found on 12 March 2008. On 17 March 2008 the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that the wreck of HMAS Sydney had also been discovered, on 16 March 2008. Sydney was found 150 kilometres (81 nmi) from Shark Bay, Western Australia and 22.6 kilometres (12.2 nmi) from the Kormoran.

P.S. the small face peeking out midde bottom is my father..]

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  • reflector
    reflectorover 6 years ago

    Well done ! Great to see a relative in the shot too – your Dad !

  • thanks for looking at this James.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 6 years ago

    Lovely tribute ginny! Is that really your dad? … awesome work!

  • yes thanks Tainia, it’s on a video and is always used in T.V. stories etc.and on the cover of the memorial literature.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • coolart
    coolartover 6 years ago

    How proud you must be, and I do take this opportunity to send my sympathy. It is quite a story full of important Naval history and greatly appreciated I am sure by myself, friends, and all here.
    Best Wishes,
    hugs x

  • thank so much coolart . I was rather young! so I have no memories, other than what I have beeen told.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • chasingsooz
    chasingsoozover 6 years ago

    Ginny – we have just come full circle I think. The first time I commented was when you first wrote about the H.M.A.S. Sydney. Your words touched my heart. ♥

    The Tee is a beautiful tribute to your Dad and those who served alongside him

  • ooh thanks Sooz,love your heart!

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...over 6 years ago

    wonderful tribute, the information is so sad.

    Was your dad on the ship when this happened?

  • thanks for commenting Kim . Yes I was not quite two.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    I can remember your first posting on this ginny. What a beautiful way to make tribute to all those brave men, especially your dad. Wonderful work

  • thanks pat there’s going to be a bit of a thing on locally so I made this in case I felt like going and could wear it.[I am not always able to go anywhere so I have to wait until the day]

    – Virginia McGowan

  • gillsart
    gillsartover 6 years ago

    Your dad was part of history ..very very sad ..though be very proud of him ….I am grateful to him and others for giving us the freedom and life in Australia we take for granted today ….

  • thank you so much gillart. lovely words.

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 6 years ago

    Wonderful tribute Ginny to so many brave men!!
    We visited the beautiful memorial in Geraldton in 2005.
    My mother-in-law knew one of the men quite well. Such a tragedy!!

  • hirst
    hirstover 6 years ago

    What a lovely tribute, people are going to wear this with pride!

  • thanks Shirley I don’t expect anybody will want one I thought I’d do it for me but keeping it not for sale or no for publishcation I got confused… hmm hope this makes sense?

    – Virginia McGowan

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienover 6 years ago

    What a lovely tribute to put it on a tee Ginny. It only seems like days ago that they finally found the HMAS Sydney. I’m glad they finally got to have a proper memorial service for your dad and all the other poor souls who lost their lives in that battle. xx

  • thanks so much Estelle.

    – Virginia McGowan

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