100 years ago, today, Australia’s 1st Naval victory was commemorated.
On Friday 21st December, 1917, SMS Emden’s gun was unveiled at Hyde Park, Sydney (cnr. Oxford and Liverpool St’s.) The event was attended by thousands including veterans and crew from the Sydney who were on shore leave. The Lord Mayor, flanked by dignitaries gave his speech then unveiled the Emden gun draped in the Union Jack. The crowd cheered enthusiastically. The Sydney Morning Herald reported “The scene was exceedingly picturesque, with the brilliant sunshine and the gay colours which flew above the enclosure, where many leading citizens gathered.”