Photograph - Survivors in Lifeboats Alongside HMAS Hobart, Indonesia, World War II, 1941-1942 Image Reg. No: MM 112294

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.

Image depicting some of the survivors from the SS Nora Mulla (Nora Muller) coming up alongside the HMAS Hobart in their lifeboats. The SS Nora Mulla (Nora Muller) was bombed by the Japanese on February 2, 1942, the HMAS Hobart and HMS Tenedos rescued 70 survivors from the striken ship.
Black and white photograph.
Description Of Content:
Two lifeboats are pictured in the ocean. Each boat shows survivors from the SS Nora Mulla preparing to board the HMS Hobart. The HMS Hobart is pictured to the left of image.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 128 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, sailors, umbrellas, row boats, battleships, rowing, lifeboats, life jackets
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: battles & battlefields
Inscriptions: Handwritten in grey pencil on the back of photograph: 'Survivors of / Norah Mullah / ready to come inboard'

Handwritten in white ink to the right of photograph: 'SURVIVORS OF "NORA / MULLA" PREPARING TO / COME INBOARD'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Photographer: Mr David Goodwin - Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, 1941-1942
Place & Date Depicted: Indonesia, 1941-1942
Ship Depicted: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)


John O'Callaghan Posted on 06 Oct 2013 10:27 AM
Hi. I would like to suggest that photo of survivors being taken on board the Hobart should be retitled "HMAS Hobart" as she was a ship of the Royal Australian Navy and therefore Australian. Not HMS which would indicate a ship of the Royal Navy and therefore British which she was not.
Cheers John O'Callaghan
Discovery Centre Posted on 07 Oct 2013 1:34 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi John, thank you for the pick up! It will be fixed in the next few weeks.

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