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HMAS Australia

Kent Class Heavy Cruiser

1928 with short funnels
1928 with short funnels
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Built by John Brown, Clydebank. Laid Down 26 August 1925.

Launched 17 March 1927. Completed 24 April 1928.

Differed from RN Kents only in the Mk VII torpedoes.

Badly damaged by a kamikaze 21 October 1944 and out of action until January 1945. Hit again several times by kamikaze off Luzon 5th - 9th January with heavy casualties. Repaired in Australia and UK.

Sold Ward 25 January 1955, arrived Barrow for scrapping July 1955.

Australia in New York - 1932
Australia in New York - 1932
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Australia - nice photo.
Australia - nice photo.
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interesting photo of a Seagull V on the catapult of Australia, Spithead September 1935, with thanks to Kim W.
interesting photo of a Seagull V on the catapult of Australia, Spithead September 1935, with thanks to Kim W.
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pre-war
pre-war
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Australia, before the 1938 refit
Australia, before the 1938 refit
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in Plymouth Sound
in Plymouth Sound
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Australia 1941
Australia 1941
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Australia 1941
Australia 1941
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Australia 1941
Australia 1941
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1943, with added radars
1943, with added radars
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probably 1943 in a very dark grey, Hobart in the background
probably 1943 in a very dark grey, Hobart in the background
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August 1943, in the South Pacific
August 1943, in the South Pacific
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Australia 4th September 1944 - the Officer facing right is Captain Emile Dechaineux, later killed by a kamikaze attack on the 21st October 1944.
Australia 4th September 1944 - the Officer facing right is Captain Emile Dechaineux, later killed by a kamikaze attack on the 21st October 1944.
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1945 after Kamikaze attacks
1945 after Kamikaze attacks
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Australia, postwar
Australia, postwar
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taken after her final refit following the end of the war. Her wartime paint work has been removed and the twin 4
taken after her final refit following the end of the war. Her wartime paint work has been removed and the twin 4" guns have been relocated from the upper deck onto the main deck forward and adjacent to the aft funnel. Also she has the new control tower and director fitted in the 1946 refit and the extra AA guns have been removed from B turret. So best guess is between 1947 - 1953. (with thanks to Warren)
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and Rick has provided the following - Port Melbourne, April 1949. Australia in her postwar configuration. A type 274 gunnery radar aerial is mounted on the main armament director with type 285 on the after director just before the mainmast and also on the secondary armament high angle directors on the forward superstructure. An aerial for type 277 surface search radar is on a platform forward of the foremast, replacing the type 273 lantern previously mounted abaft the director. Type 293 target indication radar is fitted to the top of the foremast. A type 281B air search aerial is fitted on the mainmast. The close range armament visible consists of the quadruple 2 pounder AA guns mounted about two thirds of the way towards towards the stern and quadruple US 40mm Bofors AA guns mounted beside the forward superstructure. Note the whip aerials on her forward and after funnel. Her narrow armour belt is visible just above her boot topping.

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