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Photograph - HMAS Nizam Drops Depth Charges, World War II, circa 1941 Image Reg. No: MM 112248

Black and white photograph from a photography album by David Ralph Goodwin, RAN. The album contains 108 black and white photographs from World War II, many highly significant, showing sea battles (live fire), survivors, wounded and the dead being buried at sea. The photographs are secured with photo corners - a few now adrift. Includes images of German troops evacuating from Greece; German airborne troops in front of Junkers; airborne assault on Crete; Singapore burning; and later actions in Coral Sea. Includes a photo of HMAS Canberra, which was sunk on 9 August 1942, in the Battle of Savo Island.

David Ralph Goodwin was born 14 November 1921 in Mordialloc. He enlisted 11 May 1938 in Melbourne, service number 22112, and became an Able Seaman. During World War II he served on HMA Ships Perth (19 May 1939 - 28 August 1941) and Hobart (29 August 1941 - 4 September 1942) before being transferred to HMAS Cerberus (5 September 1942 - 21 July 1943), the Royal Australian Navy's Western Port training facility. He remained at HMAS Cerberus until June 1943 when he was diagnosed as suffering from anxiety neuroses. He was discharged on 21 July 1943. He formed the ex-HMAS Perth Association in 1966. David Ralph Goodwin died on the 4th of June 2011.

This photograph depicts the HMAS Nizam, a Royal Navy owned N-class Destroyer, dropping depth charges. The Nizam was involved in the Battle of Crete in May 1941, as was the HMAS Perth. Since Goodwin was serving on the Perth at the time of the battle it is likely that this image dates to that time.
Black and white photograph.
Description Of Content:
HMAS Nizam is pictured in the ocean dropping depth charges. An explosion is pictured to the right of the ship in the water.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 85 mm (Height), 107 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, ships, battleships, oceans, explosions, military shipping
Themes this item is part of: Able Seaman David Ralph Goodwin (aka Ralph Goodwin) (1921-2011), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, The Royal Australian Navy
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: battleships
Inscriptions: Handwritten in grey pencil on the back of photograph: 'H.M.A.S / Nizam / drops depth / charges'

Handwritten in white ink above photograph: 'H.M.A.S. "NAPIER"&"NIZHM" DROPPING DEPTH / CHARGES.'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Photographer: Mr David Goodwin - Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, circa 1941
Date Depicted: 1941-1942
Ship Depicted: Royal Australian Navy


Charles Anastasi Posted on 30 Mar 2012 8:16 PM
My father Salvatore (Sam) Anastasi was one of the survivors picked up by HMAS Nizam when on 25th November 1941 HMS Barham was torpedoed by the U-331 and sank with the loss of 841 men....for ever grateful to Australia

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