16 July 2016 War at Sea – The Navy in WW1

A community unlike any other

Explore inspiring articles, discover events, connect with locals and learn more about Coffs Harbour City Council.

Have Your Say

Tell Us Why You Care

Corindi River and Pipe Clay Lake Estuaries are significant coastal features and Council wants to know what the locals value...

Read more
Build the Best Bypass

Build the Best Bypass

Coffs Harbour City Council is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the best bypass is built to meet the needs of our community...

Read more
Household Waste

Bulky Household Waste

Eligible households have two options for disposing of their bulky waste items, self-haul vouchers or a user pays collection...

Read more
View all news

Latest News

Poor Pest Controls Starting to Bug Council

Pest infestations at local food outlets are on the rise and Council is urging businesses to be vigilant about prevention...

Read more
Shelter

Sport and Community Groups Celebrate Grants Success

Nine local sports clubs and eight community groups are the big winners in the latest round of Council’s Community Capital Infrastructure Grants Program...

Read more
Cultural Awareness

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Guide Adopted

An Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Engagement Guide, developed to assist Councillors, staff and volunteers to engaging with the Aboriginal community...

Read more
View all news

16 July 2016 War at Sea – The Navy in WW1

Images and raw personal accounts of what it was like to fight in the Royal Australian Navy during WWI are currently on show at Coffs Harbour Regional Museum.

 

On loan from the Australian National Maritime Museum, the pictures and information provide visitors with a graphic and fascinating insight into life aboard a wartime Australian fighting ship.

 

“This exhibition is another chance to see and hear from the men who fought so bravely for us during WWI during these centenary commemoration years,” said Museum Director Dr Leigh Summers.

 

Did you know that the first Allied unit in the combat zone during the Gallipoli campaign was the RAN Submarine AE2? A Dorrigo farmer, Harry Kinder, was a crewman on AE2 and he wrote a diary of his experiences up to his capture and imprisonment as a POW of the Turkish forces. He never spoke or wrote of his experiences as a POW.

 

Other fascinating facts from the exhibition include:

·         The first Australian casualties of WWI were seamen in the Battle of Pita Paka, New Guinea. Six were killed and Submarine AE1 disappeared off the coast of New Guinea with the loss of its crew of 35.

·         The sinking of the German Cruiser, SMS Emden, by HMAS Sydney off the coast of the Cocos and Keeling Islands was considered the first ‘Great Military Victory’ of WWI.

·         The first ever air attack on a RAN vessel was by German Zeppelin L43, against HMAS Sydney.

The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm. Admission is $5 per adult and children 16 and under are free. It is located at 215 Harbour Drive.

 

The exhibition closes on August 8.