New panel dis­play ex­plores role of Royal Aus­tralian Navy in WWI

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

Over one hun­dred years ago, on 14 Septem­ber 1914, Aus­tralia’s first sub­ma­rine AE1 dis­ap­peared while pa­trolling the seas near present day New Guinea. No trace of the ves­sel or the 35 crew has ever been found.

This story is now be­ing told in War at Sea – the Navy in WWI, an eight panel ex­hi­bi­tion at Hawkesbury Cen­tral Li­brary, Wind­sor and on tour from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum, from Tues­day, 8 Au­gust to Friday, 29 Septem­ber, dur­ing open­ing hours.

This panel ex­hi­bi­tion draws on the per­sonal ac­counts of Navy ser­vice staff through their di­aries, me­men­toes, ship’s logs and let­ters home, to tell their in­cred­i­ble sto­ries of brav­ery and sac­ri­fice amidst the drudgery of life at sea, pa­trolling, blockad­ing and es­cort­ing troop­ships. The free ex­hi­bi­tion will be held at Hawkesbury Cen­tral Li­brary, 300 Ge­orge Street, Wind­sor.

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