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Postcard - Stoker W. M. Sorell to Mother,H.M.A.S. Melbourne, England, 10 Feb 1919 Image Reg. No: ST 039822

Postcard of H.M.A.S. Melbourne taken before May 1914, dated by Stoker Sorell, W.M. 10 Feb 1919. Sorell wrote to his mother saying that the ship was about to leave England for Australia. He asks his mother to get him a ticket (probably from Sydney to Melbourne) worth ten pounds, and allowing eight weeks for him to get back to Australia.

HMAS Melbourne was a Town class light cruiser, commissioned in 1913 and made in Birkenhead, England. She served during World War I, although participated in no battles, instead undertaking patrolling and escorting, including escorting troop ships from Australia in late 1914. After the war she became flagship of the Australian Squadron from 1922 until 1928. She was broken up for scrap in 1929 in Birkenhead.
Black and white photograph on paper.
Description Of Content:
Image of the H.M.A.S. Melbourne taken 1914. On the reverse side is writing dated February 10th 1919.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs D. Squires, 1992
Discipline: Technology
Dimension Comment: Measurement From Conservation.

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, ships, postcards, world war i 1914-1918, australian military forces, military memorabilia, naval forces
Themes this item is part of: The Royal Australian Navy, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: battleships
Inscriptions: Printed on front: 'H.M.A.S. Melbourne'
Printed on back: 'POST CARD'
Handwritten on back right: 'Feb 10th 1919 / I think we are leaving / England on March 16th...'
Format: Photograph
Place & Date Depicted: Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1914
Ship Depicted: Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1914
Author: (Stoker) W. Sorell - Royal Australian Navy (RAN) HMAS Melbourne, England, Great Britain, 10 Feb 1919
References: 'HMAS Melbourne', Wikipedia, accessed 15/1/2013.

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