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Darragh Christie, 24 November 2014 · # · · · Comment

HMAS Sydney mast dedication — 70 years ago today

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the dedication of the HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast at Bradleys Head, Mosman. The ceremony took place on 24 November 1934, attended by thousands who watched from land and sea.

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Bernard, 23 November 2014 · # · · · Comment

Tagging our bit

When it comes to tagging Mosman service men and women in Trove’s historical newspaper database, John Bryan is well in advance of all other parties.

More than 1,500 is his score.

Two years ago, Tim Sherratt suggested the tag mosman1418-person. With so many articles tagged, we now have a useful filter when searching Mosman names:

Search only newspaper articles tagged mosman1418-person

The tag even features in Trove’s top 100.


Bernard, 16 November 2014 · # · · Comment

NSW deceased estate files

NSW State Records offer another source for Mosman WWI records — deceased estate files.

The Stamp Duties Office created a deceased estate file for every individual who died leaving property or other assets (‘estates’), which were subject to death duties. The files contain the papers, correspondence and other documentation relating to the assessment of death duty by the Stamp Duties Office.

Learn more about these records with Archives In Brief 29 – Deceased estate files, 1880-1958.

Deceased estates files can be found for some soldiers. Search the index to deceased estate files by name or enter “Australian Imperial Forces” in the locality search field.

There are 39 results for Mosman and Australian Imperial Forces.

The files themselves are held at the Western Sydney Records Centre.


Bernard, 9 November 2014 · # · · Comment

Mosman Cricket Club remembers

Players and Umpires from Mosman and Uni NSW pause before play at Rawson Oval to respect cricketers from all countries who fell in war. (Picture: Mosman Cricket Club)

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Darragh Christie, 9 November 2014 · # · · · Comment

Sydney v Emden, a century later

At Bradleys Head, Mosman, overlooking Sydney Harbour, the mast of the HMAS Sydney serves as a memorial to the brave souls who have fought for Australia in the maritime services.

Specifically it commemorates the victory of the first HMAS Sydney over the German light cruiser Emden at the Cocos Islands in 1914.

Underwater plaque at Cocos (Keeling) Islands that commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Cocos.

Underwater plaque that commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Cocos. More wreck photos at the Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ Sydney-Emden 100 website.

Today the HMAS SYDNEY Association will hold a memorial service at Bradleys Head to remember this battle. Emden‘s brief but successful career as a raider of commercial and military vessels came to an end at the hands of the heavier cruiser Sydney by 11am on the 9th of November 1914, exactly 100 years ago.

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