War at Sea: The Navy in WWI
In August 1914 Prime Minister Andrew Fisher's government pledged full Australian support for Britain's announcement of war with Germany – a move that was greeted with great enthusiasm and a certain amount of trepidation.
The histories and stories of soldiers at Gallipoli and the Western Front are well documented and studied; less widely known are the exploits of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), a navy which served in all theatres of war from the waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans through to the Mediterranean and North Seas.
This exhibition highlights the contribution of the RAN to the 'war to end all wars' through personal stories, interactives, film and objects from the National Maritime Collection and some borrowed from the magnificent collections of London's Imperial War Museum and Canberra's Australian War Memorial.
On display at the Historic Council Chambers from Friday 28 August until Sunday 15 November.