War at Sea: Australian Navy in WW1

04 Sep 2015 - 12 Oct 2015

The histories of Australian soldiers at Gallipoli and the Western Front are well documented but less is known about the involvement of the Navy during
World War I.

The exhibition features excerpts from several unpublished journals by:

  • John Brown, a wireless radio operator aboard HMAS Protector, Warrego, and Brisbane
  • Henry James Elly Kinder, Stoker Petty Officer aboard the AE2 submarine which breached the Turkish defences of the Dardanelles Strait
  • Frank Trevor Jones, an Able Seaman on HMAS Sydney when it fought the infamous German raider SMS Emden

Rare artefacts

Get up close to special keepsakes made by sailors for their loved ones during World War I and see the typical uniforms of the day. Find out about the Bridging Train and learn about the role of the submarine AE2 at Gallipoli. 

The exhibition features many rare World War l artefacts from
the collections of the Australian National Maritime Museum,
the National Film and Sound Archives and the Australian War Memorial.


Watch several short films including dramatic scenes depicting Australia’s first naval battle between HMAS Sydney and the German raider SMSEmden.


Newcastle Museum
6 Workshop Way