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History of the Royal Australian Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers), including HMAS Australia, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Hobart, HMAS Sydney, and HMAS Perth. Cruisers built during the first  and second world wars to the Australian ships of today.

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  HMAS Shropshire    
HMAS Hobart (1934) HMAS Perth (1933) HMAS Sydney (1934) HMAS Sydney (1912)

 

HMS Australia pictured c. July 1935.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PAN162

This ship is the same class as HMAS Sydney but her actual name is unknown. e-mail us if you can help identify this ship.

HMS Canberra

HMAS CANBERRA (RAN). Built at John Brown, Clydebank and laid down 9th September 1925, launched 31st May 1927 and completed 10th July 1928. HMAS Canberra served in Australia 1939-1940, South Atlantic and Australia 1940, East Indies 1941, and back to Australia 1942. She was torpedoed by Japanese ships off Savo Island, but was sunk by USN destroyer Ellet.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PAN163

HMAS Canberra, along with her sister ship, HMAS Australia, HMAS Canberra were built for the Australian navy. Both ships were of the Kent Class of Cruiser. Both ships were built by John brown Shipbuilders on the Clyde, Scotland. HMAS Canberra was launched on 31st May 1927 and completed on 10th July 1928.  During the Battle at Savo island HMAS Canberra was hit by over twenty 8-inch to 4.7-inch shells which completely disabled her and was finally abandoned 5 hours later when she was listing some 30% and with fires which were burning out of control she was eventually scuttled 2 hours later. 9th August 1942.  

HMAS Australia a Kent class cruiser built by John Brown and launched 17th March 1927. Completed 24th April 1928, Australia and her sister ship HMAS Canberra were built for the Australian Navy. They differed from others in the class in having oxygen enriched Mk7 torpedoes and HMAS Australia did not receive catapult with one aircraft until 1935. 

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PAN164

HMAS Australia one of the Royal Navy's Indefatigable Class Cruisers. She was given to the Australian Navy after completion 

HMAS Melbourne was built by Cammell Laird as part of the Chatham Class light cruisers and transferred to Australian Navy along with HMAS Sydney.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PAN165

HMAS Melbourne

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code PAN166

HMAS Melbourne.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PAN174

HMAS Melbourne.

A reproduction of this original photo / photo-postcard size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  ? Walker Archive. Order Code  PAN176

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