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


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Director, Naval Intelligence to Lt. Cdr. Rycroft, rejecting a proposal to publish an account of the Sydney-Kormoran action.

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Excerpts from Advisory War Council Minute 842 of 18 March 1942.

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The official notetaker’s record of the Advisory War Council meeting on 18 March 1942.

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Notes of the same meeting taken by Frederick Shedden, the Secretary of the Advisory War Council.

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A message taken over the phone from a Squadron Leader Cooper by an Air Force signals clerk. RAAF Historical and Archives Section.

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This appears to be a transcription by a second person of part of the message. RAAF Historical and Archives Section

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The official notetaker’s record of the War Cabinet meeting of 4 December 1941. NAA: A9240, Set 2 Vol 4. (left page)

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The official notetaker's record of the War Cabinet meeting of 4 December 1941. NAA: A9240, Set 2 Vol 4 (right page)

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Excerpts from War Cabinet minute 1528/1941

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Instructions from Rear Admiral Crace to the interrogators.

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Instructions from Rear Admiral Crace to the interrogators.

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Image no: 12

Letter to Rear Admiral Crace.

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Blandly worded telegram sent to the father of 27 year old Leading Aircraftman Keith Homard.

From Chapter 7

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The last confidential report on Captain Burnett, signed by Admiral Sir Ragnar Colvin (RN) two days before Burnett took command of HMAS Sydney.

From Chapter 7

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The Prisoner of War Service and Casualty Form for Theodor Detmers, captain of the Kormoran.

From Chapter 8

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Page 1 of a 2 page shipping intelligence report submitted by the captain of the MV Hermion three weeks after the recovery of the Carley float at Christmas Island.

From Chapter 9

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Page 1 of a second report submitted two days later by the master of the SS Islander.

From Chapter 9

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The Sinking of HMAS Sydney - Front Cover

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Cover photo: The light cruiser HMAS Sydney, commissioned on 2 August 1936 (Navy Photographic Unit, Sydney)

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The first formal advice to the Prime Minister that the Sydney was believed lost.

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The Sinking of HMAS Sydney - Back cover

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