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Sydney mast not destined for Sow and Pigs

Original plans for the seating and positioning of guests, dignitaries and members of the public for the HMAS Sydney Memorial Mast ceremony at Bradley’s Head have been rediscovered and photographed in high resolution and are now available online.

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Darragh Christie · 29 November 2015 · # · · Comment [1]


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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Darragh Christie · 24 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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Darragh Christie · 9 November 2014 · # · · · Comment


Keith Anderson memorial

On the blog we’ve looked at the main WWI memorials in Mosman but there’s another unique landmark with a strong connection to the First World War. It remembers the only man buried in Mosman.

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Bernard · 23 January 2013 · # · · Comment [3]


H.M.A.S. "SYDNEY" Memorial Mast

The third and last of the ‘main Memorials erected in the Municipality’ with a WWI connection has an appropriately prominent Harbour position at Bradleys Head.

It remembers the first engagement at sea during the Great War in which a ship of the Royal Australian Navy took part. Survivors of the “SYDNEY”-“EMDEN” action were present on the day it was formally instituted as a permanent memorial on 24 November 1934.

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Bernard · 14 July 2012 · # · · Comment [1]


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