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The Sinking of HMAS Sydney: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records


Appendix 7: Records identified for the 2009 Commission of Inquiry

The Commission of Inquiry into the loss of HMAS Sydney, held in 2009, had very broad terms of reference. The National Archives of Australia identified and examined many different types of records in the course of the Inquiry.

Ships drawings – MP551/1

One of the most important matters considered by the Inquiry was the actual sinking of the ship, and the details of its shape and construction. The National Archives holds a very large collection of ships drawings in series MP551/1.

Of the more than 900 technical drawings of HMAS Sydney and her sister ships, very few had been requested by the public. A search was made of the consignment lists for this series, and a large number of files were identified. Many of these were of parts of the ship, or pieces of equipment, and a list was provided to the Inquiry. Of these, the following records were requested and the National Archives provided them to the Inquiry as copies.

Plans in series MP551/1

Series MP551/1 is a series of ships drawings and specifications, dating mostly from the late 19th century to the 1950s. This series is held in the Canberra office of the National Archives.

This is not a complete list of files relating to HMAS Sydney held in series MP551/1, but those that were identified on RecordSearch and digitised for public viewing. Files numbered with 'AF' are 'As fitted', meaning that they include modifications that were added to the ships when they were built.

MP551/1
Canberra
Series: MP551/1
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Profile - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/1 [2]
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Sections - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/2
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Superstructure and bridges- Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/3
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Forecastle deck - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/4
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Upper deck - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/5
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Lower deck - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/6
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Platform deck - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/7
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Hold - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/8
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Pumping, flooding and draining arrangements - Forecastle superstructure decks and bridges - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/9
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Pumping, flooding and draining arrangements - Upper and lower decks - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/10
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Pumping, flooding and draining arrangements - Platform and old - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/11
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Pumping, flooding and draining arrangements - Profile and sections - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/12
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Spraying and flooding arrangements in magazines etc forward - Scale 1/4" = 1 foot 136AF/14
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Spraying and flooding arrangements in magazines etc aft - Scale 1/4" = 1 foot 136AF/15
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Fresh and salt water services - Forecastle, superstructure decks and bridges - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/16
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Fresh and salt water services - Upper and lower decks - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/17
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Fresh and salt water services - Platform and hold - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/18
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Fresh and salt water services - Profile and sections - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/19
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Fresh and salt water services - Description 136AF/20
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Ventilation arrangements - Forecastle superstructure decks and bridges - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/21
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Ventilation arrangement - Platform and hold - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/23
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Ventilation arrangement - Profile and sections - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/24
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Arrangement of pipes to aviation spirit tanks 136AF/30X
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Stowage of 6" magazine - 35-53 hold - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/32
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Stowage of 6" magazine X and Y - Hold 165-183 - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/36
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Stowage of 'A' shell room - Hold 29-35 - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/37
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Stowage of 'B' shell room - Hold 53-58 - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/38
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - W T and O T compartments - Scale 1/16" = 1 foot 136AF/41
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Tabular Statement of capacities oil fuel tanks and water tanks 136AF/43
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Plan of hold for Navigating Officers - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/45
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Holes in bottom - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/46
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Expansion of outer bottom plating - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/47
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Expansion of inner bottom plating - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/48
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Docking plan 136AF/49
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Docking plan 136AF/49A
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Sketch of rig - Scale 1/16" = 1 foot 136AF/52 [1]
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Armour and protective plating - Scale 1/16" = 1 foot 136AF/54
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Course of ammunition - Scale 1/16" = 1 foot 136AF/55
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Arrangement of main W/T office - Scale 1½" = 1 foot (Type 48Y) 136AF/56
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Arrangement of second W/T office - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot (Type 49) 136AF/57
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Arrangement of auxiliary W/T office - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot (Type 45 and 43a) 136AF/58
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Wireless telegraphy rig - Scale 1/16" = 1 foot 136AF/59
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Voice pipes other than fire control - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/60
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Voice pipes other than fire control - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/61
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Plan of deck openings and loose work for removal of machinery etc - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/98
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Fire control instruments on bridges - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/99
HMAS SYDNEY- Cruiser - As fitted - Aft control position - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/101
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Engineer's pumps, pipes etc - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/103
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Paravane arrangements - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/110
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Hoisting in and transporting arrangements for torpedoes - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/111
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Depth charge arrangements - Scale 1/4" = 1 foot 136AF/115
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Typical examples of damage and control - Average action condition blue after damage red - Scales Profile 1/32" = 1 foot - Sections 14/16" = 1 foot 136AF/118
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Modifications to as fitted plans - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/124
Amphion, Apollo and Phaeton - Platform deck plating forward 136R/8
'HMS Apollo, Amphion' and 'HMAS Sydney' - Engine room vent trunks - Aft engine room 136R/13
'HMS Apollo, Amphion' and 'HMAS Sydney' - Engine room vent trunks - Forward engine room 136R/14
HMAS 'Sydney' Arrangement of 2nd Wireless Transmitter Office and Lead of Aerial Trunk 136R/16
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Ventilation arrangement - Upper and lower deck - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/22
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Ventilation arrangements - Description 136AF/25
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Oil fuel filling and air escapes - Forecastle deck, superstructure and bridges - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/26
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Oil fuel filling and air escapes - Upper and lower deck - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/27
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Oil fuel filling and air escapes - Platform and hold - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/28
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Oil fuel filling and air escapes - Profile and sections - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/29
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Description of oil fuel filling 136AF/30
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Stowage of small arms magazine including 2 Pdr and 3 Pdr ammunition - 25-29 hold - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/31
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Stowage of 4' H A and 0.5" magazines - 58-70 and 70-73 hold - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/33
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - War Head Room - 154-157 hold - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/34
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Bomb room - 157-160 hold - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/35
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Stowage of 'X' shell room - Hold 160-165 - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/39
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Stowage of 'Y' shell room - Hold 183-189 - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/40
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Tabular Statement of watertight and ventilation arrangements 136AF/42
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Tests of watertight and oiltight compartments 136AF/44
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Calibrations of oil fuel tanks - A1 to A8, B1 to B7, Y1 to Y4, X1 to X8 136AF/44X
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Plan of rudder - Scale 1" = 1 foot 136AF/50
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Rudder method of withdrawing - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/51
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Arrangement for striking main topmast - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/53
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Arrangement of Officers' Galleys on 4" gun deck Fr 145 to 2'0" Aft 155 - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/62
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Seamen's Galley - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/63
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Arrangement of Bakery - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/87
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - H A Calculating Position - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/100
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Transmitting Station - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/102
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Pneumatic tube installation - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/104
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Instructions for working Sturtevant Pneumatic Transmission of Messages System 136AF/107
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Embarking of ammunition - Scale 1/16" = 1 foot 136AF/112
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Depth charge hydraulic release gear, lead of pipes and details of fittings - Arrangements - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot - Details full size 136AF/116
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Additional 4" H.A.R.U. Lockers proposed positions on 4" Gun Deck - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/128
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Damage control diagrams - Stations 7-21 - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/130 (1)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Damage control diagrams - Stations 35-53 - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/130 (2)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Damage control diagrams - Stations 64-76 - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/130 (3)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Damage control diagrams - Stations 100-116 - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/130 (4)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Damage control diagrams - Stations 116-135 Starboard - Scale 3/16" = 1 foot 136AF/130 (5)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Damage control diagrams - Stations 151-165 Starboard - Scale 3/16" = 1 foot 136AF/130 (6)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Damage control diagrams - Stations 165-183 - Scale 3/16" = 1 foot 136AF/130 (7)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Damage control diagram - Stations 200 2/3-212 - Scale 1/4" = 1 foot 136AF/130 (8)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Damage control diagrams - Stations 212 - Stern - Scale 1/4" = 1 foot 136AF/130 (9)
HMS APOLLO, AMPHION and PHAETON - Position of 4" ammunition hoists - Heights between decks etc 136R/2
HMS Amphion, Apollo and HMAS Sydney - Watertight trunks to after engine room 136R/10
HMAS SYDNEY II - Cruiser - As fitted - 6" Twin MK XX1 Mountings - Circulating water connections to turrets - Scale 1/4" = 1 foot 136/784
HMAS SYDNEY II - Cruiser - As fitted - Soda fountain bar - Scale 1/2" to 1 foot 136/785
HMAS AMPHION, APOLLO and SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Officers shower on superstructure deck forward - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136/788
HMAS AMPHION, APOLLO and SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Dumping platforms under 6' shell embarking hatches - Scale 1" = 1 foot 136/790
HMAS AMPHION, APOLLO and SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Position and supports to 4" HA ready use lockers - Scales 1/4" and 1" = 1 foot 136/790
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Profile - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/1 (1)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Sketch of rig - Scale 1/16" = 1 foot 136AF/52 (2)
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - No 1487 – Seamen's Galley 2 Sections off this oil fired firehearth Pattern No 23A with 1 fire and 2 ovens 136AF/64
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Seamen's Galley arrangement of furnace in oil fired firehearth Pattern No 23A - Cornhill Gravity System 136AF/65
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Wardroom Officers Galley - Oil fired firehearth Pattern No 25F 136AF/66
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Admirals and Captains Galley - Oil fired firehearth Pattern No 25G with 1 fire and 2 ovens 136AF/67
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Warrant Officers Galley - Oil fired firehearth Pattern No 25H 136AF/68
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Steam heated hotcloset 136AF/69
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Seamen's Galley 4 off - Steam jacketed boiling copper - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/70
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Grant's Patent rapid discharge valve combined steam and grease trap for wet steam ovens 136AF/71
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Air-tight swing outlet damper for No 2 'KB' type 'NU' fan - Scale full size 136AF/76
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Air-tight swing outlet damper for No 1 'KB' type 'NU' fan - Scale full size 136AF/77
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Seamen's Galley 2 off - Cornhill oil burner for gravity system, admiralty type 1, 1/2" size 136AF/78
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - 3/4" Cornhill oil burner for gravity oil fuel burner (Admiralty type) - Full size 136AF/79
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Seamen's Galley - 75 gall welded MS oil fuel supply tank 136AF/80
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Officers' Galleys - 75 gall welded MS oil fuel supply tank - Scale 1½" = 1 foot 136AF/81
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Seamen's Galley 2 off - 1/2" steam jet for cooks tubs - Scale full size 136AF/82
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Seamen's Galley 2 off - Boiling water tank Scale 3" = 1 foot 136AF/83
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - C1 Steam heated oil fuel heater and filter - Admiralty type 136AF/84
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Arrangement of safety gear for wet steam oven 136AF/85
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Seamen's Galley - Steam cooker Pattern No 23A - General arrangement - Scale 1½" = 1 foot 136AF/86
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - General arrangement - Rotex Ship Kneader - Scale 1/2 full size 136AF/88
HMAS SYDNEY, AJAX, AMPHION, APOLLO - Cruiser - As fitted - Admiralty Contract No - General arrangement of 4'6" x 4'0" Baking Oven - Scale 3" = 1 foot 136AF/92
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Official test on electrically heated oven 136AF/96
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Specification of Baker Perkins two-deck electrically heated ship oven, with baking chambers each measuring 4'6" x 4'0" 136AF/97
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Refrigerating machinery compartment - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/108
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Hoisting and transporting arrangements of Dynamo Armature - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/109
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Testing of Seaplane Crane - Defect List D32/15 Item No 16 - Date of test 11 January 1937 136AF/119
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Testing of Seaplane Crane - Defect list 32/96 Item No 2 - Date of test 7 November 1937 136AF/119A
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Stowage of demolition stores - Scale 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/120
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Proposed modification to ventilation of seamen's, CPO's and PO's washplaces - Scales 1/8" = 1 foot - Details 1/2" = 1 foot 136AF/121
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Proposed Cinema Hut (Upper Deck) - Scale 1" = 1 foot 136AF/122
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Proposed Locker for stowage of films - Scale 1" = 1 foot 136AF/123
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Proposed ventilation to floor plates in 'B' Boiler Room - List A 32/2 Item 11 - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/125
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Proposed ventilation to floor plates in 'B' Boiler Room - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/125A
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Ventilation of Torpedo Gunner's Store - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/126
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - Ventilation to Gunner's Store - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/127
HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted – Proposed branch pipe from main service to sprinkle Petrol Control Room - Scale 1/8" = 1 foot 136AF/129
HMS APOLLO, AMPHION and HMAS SYDNEY - Cruiser - As fitted - 4" Ammunition hoist seatings for Devenport M.C.D.L 32779 136R/1
HMS APOLLO, AMPHION and HMAS SYDNEY - Arrangement of lockers and leads of gearing to magazines etc, flooding and spray valves - Devenport M.C.D.L 32839 136R/4
HMAS Sydney - Supports to jib of seaplane crane and stowing position 136R/9
'Amphion', 'Apollo' and 'Sydney' - Embarking and striking down torpedo heads - Details of striking down davit 136R/11
HMAS 'Sydney' - Proposed modifications to the inlets for all exhaust fans in engine rooms 136R/15
HMAS Sydney - Extension to 4 HA Gun Deck and supports to 4 HA twin mounting 136R/19
HMAS Sydney - 4" HA Magazine 58-73 hold - Bottle rack stowage for 4" ammunition for Mark XVI gun - Details of sliding doors 136R/20

The naval environment leading up to the sinking

The Inquiry was keen to identify the procedures and practices of the Royal Australian Navy before World War II and up to the sinking of HMAS Sydney. In order to do this, extensive searches were made of RAN correspondence files and control records. The Navy used a system of registration for all inward and outward correspondence to and from the Naval Board. This correspondence was entered into a registration book, listing the sender, the addressee, time and date, and the nature of the correspondence. These books, or ledgers, are a very useful way of identifying particular correspondence. Not all the files listed in the registers have survived to be transferred to the National Archives.

Registration books (L 14s) for secret correspondence files, multiple number series
Melbourne
Accumulation dates: 1 Aug 1922–31 Dec 1950
Contents dates: 1 Aug 1922–31 Dec 1973
System of arrangement and control: multiple number system
Predominant form: bound volumes

Series: B1122
Quantity: 3.96 metres
Recorded by: 1 Aug 1922–13 Nov 1939 Navy Office [III], Department of Defence [II] (CA 2456); 13 Nov 1939–31 Dec 1950 Navy Office [IV], Department of the Navy [II] (CA 38); 30 Nov 1973 Department of Defence [III], Central Office - Navy Office (CA 46)

Navy correspondence files

The Registers in series B1122 were used to identify surviving records in the Series listed below, by using the file numbers listed in the registers.
Series MP150/1 files that were identified to be of possible interest to the Commission:
Series: MP1501/1
Organisation of naval staff, Navy Office 404/202/954
Naval Board Minute 1 August 1940 [Finance and Civil Member] 404/202/958
Naval Board Minutes 29 August 1940 404/202/960
Summary of organisation of Naval Forces and administration of RAN 404/201/23
Liaison between inspecting officer and ships gunnery officers 404/201/308
Recognition signalling procedure 404/201/521
Naval Board Minutes [appointments] 404/202/1005
Prisoner of War questionnaire 437/201/563
Ignition of BL cartridges 437/201/945
Review of Service Conditions 1939 - cotton knickers with elastic waistband 437/202/39
Review of Service Conditions 1939 - overalls - supply ratings 437/202/88
Naval defence of Australia [letter from Mr G M Taylor suggesting fitting of a device to convoy ship to confuse submarines] 449/201/761
Naval defence of Australia [letter from Mr C E Johnson suggesting that nets be used to trap submarines] 449/201/771
The automatic issue of death certificate 446/201/659
HMAS SYDNEY [Australian War Memorials Committee - Form for Verification of Name and Other Particulars] 446/201/706
Certificates of presumption of death of Members of the Forces 446/201/710
The use of a secret code by merchant ships 449/201/304
The installation of the pedal driven radio sets in ships of the merchant service 449/201/312
The movement of shipping 449/201/708
Comments upon the defence of ships against enemy raiders [letter from B Funnell] 449/201/733
Suggestions for detecting raiders [letter from Mr F J Muspratt] 449/201/742
The movements of raiders [letter from Mr C Lockwood] 449/201/758
The loss of HMAS SYDNEY [letter from Mr A McG Alexander] 449/201/897
Letter from 'traveller' regarding HMAS SYDNEY 449/201/898
German raider and HMAS SYDNEY in action [letter from Mr W Wright] 449/201/901
Loss of HMAS SYDNEY [letter from Mr E P Wells] 449/201/902
Loss of HMAS SYDNEY [letter from Mr Hugh Fyfe] 449/201/904
Loss of HMAS SYDNEY [letter from Mr Eric N Hewitt] 449/201/905
Theory suggested regarding loss of HMAS SYDNEY [letter from Mr R K MacGregor] 449/201/914
Australian Squadron Communication Orders 546/201/154
Australian Squadron - temporary memoranda and amendments 546/201/155
China Station - temporary memoranda 546/201/222
Station orders 546/201/229
Correction to AFOs [Admiralty Fleet Orders] “S” 2/41 table 5 line 2 546/202/319
Correction to AFO [Admiralty Fleet Order] number 116/41 546/202/320
Amendments to AFO [Admiralty Fleet Order] “S” number 2/41 - W/T organisations 546/202/332
Amendment to CAFO [Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order] number 538/1937 546/202/338
Cancellation of AFO [Admiralty Fleet Order] number 4974/41 546/202/351
HMAS SYDNEY requests Navy Order numbers 150-155 546/203/207
Report on RAN POWs in Japanese Hands 567/201/126
Consolidated orders and regulations - amendments 546/201/236
Amendment to China general memoranda 546/201/257
Admiralty Fleet Orders and Commonwealth Navy Orders 546/201/262
Series MP151/1 files that were identified to be of possible interest to the Commission
Series: MP151/1
Loss of HMAS SYDNEY [Request for information re loss of HMAS SYDNEY - representation by Senator J J Arnold to Norman J O Makin, Minister for the Navy, concerning a statement made by a 'Chinaman' who was a prisoner of war on the “Kormoran”] 429/201/374
Callous rumours scotched 429/201/247
BL 6-inch charges packed in containers 421/202/624
Raider victims 429/201/251
BL and QF of 4-inch CP shell 408/204/1428
Amendments of M of F shell BL or QF APC etc, 5.2-inch and above (taking fuses OD type) consequent upon the adoption of .000 to .005-inch fuse intrusion 408/204/1635
Shell BL 6-inch – CFC AQ Mark VIII 408/204/1750
Shell BL of QF HE special 4-inch to 5.25-inch and shell BL or QF HE 4-inch, 6-inch method of filling - amendment to design 408/204/1849
Ammunition Circular Letter number 139 408/206/1647
Cartridges BL 6-inch Mark XXIII - gun packing 408/207/1340
Outfits of bombs, pyrotechnics, red label ammunition, etc for HMA ships carrying aircraft [1.50 cm] 408/207/1896
German raider 'Steiermark' 429/201/363
Loss of HMAS SYDNEY [Request for information re loss of HMAS SYDNEY - representation by Senator J J Arnold to Norman J O Makin, Minister for the Navy, concerning a statement made by a 'Chinaman' who was a prisoner of war on the “Kormoran”] 340314
British prisoners on board enemy raider [Report to Prime Minister by Member of Fremantle Lumpers Union of Workers] 429/201/360
Regarding - loss of HMAS SYDNEY [copies of circular correspondence sent to next of kin & dependents by Navy Office] 443/201/946
Movements of shipping 449/201/1184
Fearnought gauntlets 434/214/296
Hoods - fearnought - for fire and repair parties [contains 8 photographs] 434/214/339
Seaman branch - additional overalls 437/202/87
Results of cruisers Communications Branch Cup competitions 1939 439/201/330
Movements of merchant ships 443/201/1051
Letters to commanding officer - HMAS SYDNEY 443/202/73
Restricting communications to essential messages 443/202/86
Type X code (cypher) machines [1 pp] 443/202/111
Inspection of HMAS SYDNEY 508/201/505
Equipment and outfits of ammunition in HM ships 471/201/1418
Standard cordites 471/202/1112
Monthly statement of issues and receipts of cordite 471/202/1163
Annual inspection of explosive stores 471/202/1460
Destruction of ships papers 453/201/87
Magazine spraying systems 453/204/926
Gunnery instructional drawings 453/204/1030
Training in fire fighting 475/202/314
Lessons learned from the loss of HMAS CANBERRA - FFE [fire fighting equipment] 475/202/524
Anti-flash helmets and gloves 494/201/29
Gunnery recording cameras 560/201/469
Photographs of merchant ships 560/201/529
Regulations and instructions for the RAN 571/201/2872
Books of reference and OU books 571/201/3296
HMAS SYDNEY sinks BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI 571/201/3415
Books of Reference and Gunnery drill books 571/201/3576
BR 862A Naval Cordite Regulations amendments 571/202/2233
BR 67 and BR 68 - Seamanship manual 571/202/2278
Handbook of Wireless Telegraphy 571/202/3372
OU 6291 - Naval publications 571/203/2566
Movements of merchant shipping 603/234/151
Supply of paints, enamels, varnishes, etc 612/233/906
Reduction of fire and smoke risk in HMA ships - type of paint to be used for interior painting 612/233/1123
Enamel - suspension of use 612/233/1277
Anti-flash gloves and helmets 607/201/464
Specifications - overall combination suits 607/201/1124
Ammunition outfits - conservation of stocks 612/202/2627
Reduction of fire and smoke risk in HMA ships - type of paint to be used for interior painting - 3 negatives of a total of 17 pages of text from Australian Scientific Research Liaison 612/233/1123
Signalling equipment - reports 612/246/2242
HMAS SHROPSHIRE - loss of W/T receiver Board of Inquiry 612/246/3551
Navigation (wireless telegraphy) regulations 622/202/2106
Essential messages to ships at sea 622/202/2486
Shipping movements 603/234/178
W/T Communications with merchant ships 622/202/3155
Reception report of Belconnen W/T station 622/202/3505
Directions under wireless station control order 622/202/4031
General Signalling Instructions, Article 142 622/205/192
Variation of W/T procedure 622/205/431
Operational messages for HMA ships 622/205/645
Australian squadron practice memorandum - cruiser versus destroyer action 629/202/624
Merchant Navy defence courses 629/202/659
Merchant Navy defence courses - Part 1 629/202/660
Radio messages from ships 622/202/2562
Replies to signals 622/202/2637
Officers reference libraries - annual publications 664/201/649
Signalling between HMA ships service aircraft and British merchant ships - summary of reports CNO [Commonwealth Navy Order] 26/1938) 663/201/565
Signal letters of British ships 663/201/601
Signal letters of British ships 663/201/613
Merchant Navy defence courses 629/202/661
Commanding Officers HMA ships CANBERRA, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, HOBART and ADELAIDE 629/203/1450
Flag signal letters and W/T call signs 663/201/596
Flag signal letters 663/201/607
Signalling with merchant ships 663/201/585
Series MP1049/5 files that were identified to be of possible interest to the Commission
Series: MP1049/5
Naval control service - relations between NCSOs & the merchant navy 1927/2/15
Conference of Naval control service officers 1927/2/24
Operational control of HMA Squadron 1932/2/14
[Oath taken by survivors of Raider Attacks] 1951/2/13
Exchange of British & German Prisoners 1951/2/28
Admiralty bombardment policy 1977/2/8
Internal organisation of Navy office in war 1987/3/30
Admin H M A Squadron 1804/2/40
Instructions & notes on rules deriving from international law for RAF 1821/2/166
W/T communication from ship borne aircraft to RAAF W/T stations 1821/2/314
Stowage of aircraft on deck 1821/2/343
2nd Aircraft for HMAS Sydney 1821/2/77
Addendum to VMN handbook 1829/2/206
ACB 053 - RAN - summary of constitution & policy, 1930 1829/2/383
New editions of Admiralty secret & confidential books for reporting duties 1829/2/410
ACB 37 AW wireless addendum to ACB 37 1829/2/485
Method of promulgating information regarding merchant shipping movements 1829/2/592
OU 5468 - signal letter index 1829/2/761
CBs 01671 - corrections 1829/2/897
Essential messages to ships - Naval Control Service 1835/2/172
Photography in merchant ships 1835/2/196
Leakage of information 1835/2/290
NEI censorship of shipping telegrams 1835/2/412
Censorship - Letters regarding instructions, standing orders etc 1835/2/514
Wartime activities - monthly statement 1835/2/550
Shipping advices by Lloyds agents 1835/2/727
Security of information 1835/2/730
Consul-General for France. Radar activities - instructions to CRO 1835/2/732
[Enemy Raiders Pacific] [9 pages] 1835/2/734
Convoys - movements of troops - restrictions on communications 1835/2/760
Leakage of information shipping movements instances 1835/2/766
Conference at Navy office with RACAS 1.6.40 1846/4/117
Commonwealth war book, paper No. 7 - treatment of neutral & enemy shipping 1853/2/48
[C B 03055/40-Naval Handbook of Local Defence] 1855/11/4
ACB 55 - Confidential traffic regulations 1855/2/305
Defence of Australia minutes 1596 re Appreciation of Dec 1941 1855/2/431
A/T protection of individual ships 1855/2/492
Combined Services Defence Scheme Naval plans 1855/7/2
Particulars of merchant ships for recognition purposes 1866/4/2
New editions of admiralty secret & confidential books CB series 1866/4/478
ACB 107 - particulars of wireless transmitting stations [1.00 cm] 1866/4/676
[Illustrations of enemy ships and possible raiders] 1866/6/363
Use of mandated waters by Dutch 1877/11/140
[London Orders] 1888/2/593
Naval control service manual 1889/4/352
Confidential traffic regulations 1889/4/455
'Q' messages - secret navigational instructions 1893/2/140
Reports on DG trials of HM SHIPS 1924/4/437
Open range policy - Part 1 1924/4/532
Naval preparations for emergency 1925/2/269
Requirements of HMA squadron for war 1925/2/289
War orders & standing instructions 1925/2/339
Australia's Wartime Activities [4 pages] 1925/3/138
European crisis, Aug 1939 Special telegram 'Australia Immediately' 1925/3/47
Automatic action - on receipt of warning telegram 1925/3/59
[War Orders and Standing Instructions] 1933/2/119
[Australian squadron war instructions. Distribution] 1933/2/150
War book - navy office chapter 1954/2/222
Handbook on ammunition 1954/2/279
Marking of names of ships on cargoes 1954/2/438
Key memorandum No. 6A 1954/3/469
Amendment to Confidential Signal publications 1954/3/815
KPM ships trading in Molucca sea 1968/2/103
Review of Naval activities as at 7th March 1943 prepared for Minister for External Affairs 1968/2/778
Navy war W/T call signs 1984/2/133
Shipping reports from lighthouses 1984/2/206
Recognition signal system in minor war vessels 1984/2/227
Recognition Signals 1984/2/269
Recognition procedure between warships & merchant vessels 1984/2/276
Operations to seaward - communications with surface vessels from aircraft 1984/2/282
Signals concerning shipping movements 1984/2/287
V/S Communication with war signal stations 1984/3/347
Routing of ships to Middle East convoys & cargo 1990/2/511
Signal communications in the Far East 1997/5/220
Control of Wireless & Telegraph in time of war 1997/5/242
Wireless & Telegraph specifications 1997/5/321
Naval Wireless & Telegraph organisation in the Far East 1997/5/335
Merchant vessels - control of Wireless & Telegraph in time of war 1997/5/499
Radio telephones - suspension of same & all other relevant matters 1997/5/610
Strategic W/T Stations Canberra & Darwin 1997/6/43
Cyphering & coding organisation 1997/7/132
Admiralty codes & cyphers - instructions [17 pages] 1997/7/179
War time reporting exercise 1936 - Sydney & Brisbane 1997/7/183
P/L code for use by British merchant vessels trading with Far East 1997/7/202
Base cypher staff – Sydney 1997/7/258
Instructions to navy office coding & cyphering staff 1997/7/297
Cyphers for exclusive use of censorship personnel & withdrawal of war office cyphers G.G. 1997/7/328
Emergency recording cyphering procedure 1997/7/422
Security of naval communications 1997/7/456
Code numbers for ships when telephoning 1997/7/547
NE1 Code for issue to Dutch Merchant Ships 1997/7/870
Armed Merchant Cruisers. Torpedo Tubes 2001/2/189
Torpedo as defence weapon 2001/2/195
21" torpedoes held in Australia 2001/2/202
Report regarding suspected vessel Perim Island 2.8.40 2021/5/482
Report on suspicious sighting by HMAS “Yandra” [53 pages] 2021/5/596
Duties of admiralty reporting officers 2021/7/307
Intelligence 2021/8/321
Report regarding distress signals from MV Maimoa & Port Brisbane 2026/10/1065
Transmission of official messages to merchant ships 2026/10/1066
[Enemy Raider operations in Indian and Pacific Oceans] 2026/10/1076
Enemy submarine and air operations [attacks on merchant ships by warships and disguised raiders] 2026/10/1083
Emergency notice to mariners - navigation lights 2026/10/1106
MV Port Hobart - report of sinking 2026/10/1144
British shipping losses 2026/10/1183
New procedure of identification of merchant shipping during air searches 2026/10/1232
Enemy air tactics employed in attacks on merchant shipping 2026/10/1280
Recognition procedure between warships & merchant ships 2026/10/1291
Action to be taken by merchant ships in event of war with Japan 2026/10/1292
Safety of merchant shipping 2026/10/1393
Particulars of British & foreign merchant ships throughout the world 2026/10/192
Control of merchant shipping in time of war 2026/10/633
Greek shipping - general file 2026/11/317
Darkening of merchant ships 2026/12/110
Report of proceedings for ocean escort 2026/12/163
Commodores of convoys and signalling staff 2026/12/218
Standing orders for Australian troop convoys 2026/12/343
War radio organisation for merchant shipping - pool of VH/F & M/F, R/T sets for Commodores of convoys 2026/12/692
Ships in convoy - wireless & telegraph instructions 2026/12/76
Naval instructions for despatch of Third contingent, 2nd Australian Imperial Force 2026/13/215
Movements of merchant ships - Australian coast 2026/15/280
Dispersion of shipping - Pacific & Indian Oceans 2026/15/288
Interrogation of German Survivors ex Raider 41 'Kormoran' 2026/19/6
Intelligence Report on Raider J 2026/19/8
Recognition of enemy armed merchant ships from the air 2026/2/148
Colour of HMA ships 2026/2/274
Painting of surface ships in time of war 2026/2/328
British & Allied shipping losses 2026/2/377
Strength, Seaworthiness and Stability of HMA Ships 2026/2/457
Camouflage of HMA ships 2026/2/873
Search of neutral vessels for evidence of minelaying 2026/2/904
HMAS 'Sydney' Protection of fire control system and alternative controls 2026/3/294
Sydney - reports of action 9.7.40 2026/3/350
Director firing - pump operated hydraulic seats for director layer & trainer in 6" DCT 2026/3/361
Narrative of attack on enemy convoy 11th & 12th November 1940 2026/3/385
Damage sustained by HMAS Perth during air raid 16.1.1941 2026/3/400
Raider search 25th 27th Jan 1941 by HMAS 'Canberra' 2026/3/402
Report of proceedings HMAS Sydney 2026/3/403
Return of Sydney 9.2.41 2026/3/410
Report on the destruction of enemy vessels – Coburg and Ketty Brovig 2026/3/416
Sydney - aircraft crane [2cm] 2026/3/441
HMAS Hobart – modernisation 2026/3/533
Routing instructions - procedure to be followed 2026/6/171
Use of wireless & telegraph by merchant ships within 20 miles of Sydney Heads 2026/6/438
Sunday noon positions of merchant vessels 2026/6/502
Routing of British & allied ships sailing independently 2026/6/508
MV Eidanger - question of reliability of captain 2026/6/532
Leakage of information – merchant ship routes 2026/6/646
Instructions regarding search of ships reporting in United Kingdom 2026/6/684
Reporting departures of merchant vessels from Netherlands East Indies & Singapore for Australia 2026/6/714
Amendments to ACB 0106 2026/6/717
Vesca & route signals 2026/6/778
Reporting of mercantile movements 2026/6/873
Merchant vessels directed to Fremantle for routing instructions 2026/6/888
Nightly shipping signal 2026/6/1312
Australia Station Weekly State 2026/6/1354
Interim & final reports - Australian Imperial Forces Convoy US 11A, HMT BB, voyage No. 4 2026/7/399
SS Britannia sunk by enemy raider - report from Commander S.H.K. Spurgeon, Royal Australian Navy 2026/7/428
Report of proceedings of HMA ships 2026/7/661
Positions of prospective enemy merchant ships 2026/8/84
Report of seizure as prize or detention of vessels 2026/8/104
Use of wireless & telegraph by neutral vessels 2026/8/224
Instructions issued to masters of neutral vessels 2026/8/305
Norwegian shipping - general correspondence 2026/8/379
Wanganella's distress message of 14th September 1940 2026/8/421
Reporting of suspicious vessels by merchant ships 2026/8/431
Anti-scuttling procedure 2026/8/574
Instructions regarding treatment of Finnish ships 2026/8/744
Reduction of overseas shipping in war 2027/2/26
Ships black list 2027/2/273
Corrections of Navy office stocks of secret & confidential books 2028/2/189
Documents for distribution to officers 2028/2/329
Auxiliary vessels communications instructions 2037/2/73
SOS distress signals 2037/2/286
Wireless organisation for the defence of trade 2037/2/339
H M Australian Publications for Cruisers of the Royal New Zealand Navy 2028/2/508
Distress messages from merchant ships sighting suspicious vessels 2037/2/656
Reduction in the volume of signalling 2037/2/904
Use of Wireless transmission by ships escorting ocean convoys 2037/2/914
Signals – characteristics of the Ionosphere 2037/2/1059
Control of radio – detection of illicit transmissions 2037/3/37
Control of broadcasting – policy & general file 2037/3/108
Revocation of direction under the wireless stations control order 2037/3/115
Detention service instructions – control of wireless on merchant ships 2037/4/45
Wireless telegraph receivers in British & allied merchant ships 2037/4/195
Proposed watches in Australian ships order 2037/4/270
Harbour wireless & telegraph call signs 2037/5/25
Signal letters of British ships CNO 119/40 (VJVS) 2037/5/41
Signal letters of British ships VLJD – CNO 145/40 2037/5/50
Signal letters of Australian merchant ships 2037/5/398
Radio Direction Finding responsibilities for local design & production 2037/7/1397

Fleet order and Intelligence files

Admiralty Fleet Orders [General Orders of a non-Confidential nature issued by the British Admiralty relating to subjects under the headings of Administrative, Personnel, Equipment, Stores, Stationary and Shore Establishments]

Series: MP1576/1
WHOLE SERIES
Series: MP1579/1
Daily Summaries of Naval Events MP1579/1, 3
Series: MP1580/1
Weekly Intelligence Report. German Defence Raiders MP1580/1, 2 PART 1
Weekly Intelligence Report. German Surface Raiders MP1580/1, 2 PART 2
Weekly Intelligence Report. Raider Supplement No 2 Reconstruction of Cruisers MP1580/1, 2 PART 3
WIR Index MP1580/1, INDEX 56/68
WIR Index MP1580/1, INDEX 69/81
WIR Index MP1580/1, INDEX 82/94
Weekly Intelligence Report. Raider Supplement German Surface Raiders MP1580/1, NN
Series: MP1581/1
WIR [Weekly Intelligence Report] Index MP1581/1, WHOLE SERIES
Series: MP1582/1
Australian Naval Intelligence Statements Nos 1–38 MP1582/1, 1918/0117
Series: MP1588/8
Minutes to Naval Board (Secret) Jul. Aug. Sep. 1941 MP1588/8, NN
Minutes to Naval Board (Secret) Jul. Aug. Sep. 1941 MP1588/8, NN
Minutes to Naval Board (Secret) October – December 1941 Part 1 MP1588/8, NN
Minutes to Naval Board (Secret) Jan – Jun 1941 MP1588/8, NN
Minutes to Naval Board (Secret) October – December 1941 Part 2 MP1588/8, NN
Series: B6121
COIC – Weekly Summaries of Operational Intelligence B6121, 775W/1
COIC - Weekly Summary B6121, 775V/1
COIC – Weekly Summary B6121, 775V/2
Air Representative Diary B6121, 775B
Directions and Instructions B6121, 775G
Establishment Correspondence B6121, 775N
Standing Orders B6121, 775O
Weekly Operation Intelligence B6121, 775S
Weekly Operation Intelligence B6121, 775T
COIC [Combined Operational Intelligence Centre] – daily summaries of operational intelligence [4.00 cm] B6121, 775F
RAN Personnel – Interchangeability & Co-operation with the RN B6121, 23U
HMAS Sydney – Bartolomeo Colleoni – Action B6121, 56D

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