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Sinking of the German Raider "Emden" : 22-December-2008
Sinking of the German Raider "Emden" : 22-December-2008

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

The original bow of H.M.A.S. Sydney commemorates Australia`s first Australian naval victory in World War One and the sinking of the German raider Emden at Cocos Island in November 1914.

On the 9th November 1914, the German light cruiser SMS Emden attacked the British cable station on Direction Island and was engaged several hours later by HMAS Sydney, an Australian light cruiser. The battle was the first single ship action fought by the Royal Australian Navy. Glossop used his speed and the superior range of his guns to stay out of reach of the German guns and avoided further damage and casualties. Meanwhile, his own gunners gradually found their marks, inflicting sustained and increasingly accurate fire on Emden.

After taking extremely heavy damage from almost 100 hits, and suffering dozens of casualties, Müller decided to beach Emden on North Keeling Island to avoid sinking at 11.15am. The survivors from Emden were captured and Emden was destroyed. Emden's crew suffered 131 killed and 65 wounded, from a total complement of 360. Sydney had three killed and eight wounded.


Address:Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, 2061
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.850814
Long: 151.21233
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:09-November-1914
Actual Event End Date:09-November-1914


Front Inscription

Bow of original H.M.A.S. Sydney

Presented by the Royal Australian Historical Society to the Municipality of North Sydney to vommemorate the sinking
on 9th November, 1914 of the German raider "Emden" by H.M.A.S. Sydney

Plaque :

This famous relic, which was erected here by the North Sydney Municipal Council, was unveiled by the Hon. N. J. O. Makim, M.P. Minister for the Navy on 9th November, 1941

L. Fitzpatrick          Town Clerk
Ald. J. O. Cramer   Mayor

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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