The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) played a significant role in WW1. It served in all theatres of war from the Pacific and Indian Oceans through to the Mediterranean and North Seas. The story of the RAN is told through the experiences of sailors – from the drudgery of patrolling and blockading to the intense battle between HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden, as well as the incredible voyage of the submarine AE2 through the Dardanelles Strait.
The histories and stories of the RAN and its sailors, less widely known than those of the soldiers at Gallipoli and the Western Front, are told through first-hand accounts from diaries and journals, as well as through objects, film and interactives from the National Maritime Collection, the National Film and Sound Archives and the Australian War Memorial.
‘War at Sea – the Navy in WW1’ highlights the contribution the RAN made in the ‘war to end all wars’ and will be shown in the Princess Royal Fortress Barrack Gallery from January until the end of April 2018.
We are also excited to be combining War at Sea with another exhibition “Japan in World War One – The Ibuki” - an exhibition on special loan from the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria. Japan’s role on the side of the allies in World War One is often forgotten, but the Ibuki exhibition brings to light the history of the battle cruiser Ibuki’s involvement. It includes photographic images of the Ibuki, her crew and other convoy escorts on that historic journey. The display text is in both English and Japanese.
Proudly presented by Australian National Maritime Museum and sponsored by RSL Queensland with support from the National Anzac Centre and Princess Royal Fortress.