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2005/119/1 Breech closing gear and lever and pawl latch, HMAS Australia, metal, made by John Brown & Co Ltd, [Australia / Great Britain], 1911-1924. Click to enlarge.

Breech closing gear and lever from HMAS Australia

Made
The closing gear and lever were part of one of the guns that made up the armament of HMAS Australia (1913-1924). HMAS Australia was an Indefatigable Battle Cruiser built by John Brown & Co Ltd in Scotland and was launched in 1911. Australia was commissioned at Portsmouth in 1913 and sailed to Sydney as Flagship and lead the newly formed Australian Fleet Unit into Port Jackson for the first time. When World War 1 broke out HMAS Australia was assigned the role of operating as counter to the …

Summary

Object No.

2005/119/1

Object Statement

Breech closing gear and lever and pawl latch, HMAS Australia, metal, made by John Brown & Co Ltd, [Australia / Great Britain], 1911-1924

Physical Description

(1) Gear and lever made out of metal (marked "455") and (2) pawl latch made out of metal (marked "456")

Production

Made

History

Notes

HMAS Australia was launched in 1911 by Lady Reid, wife of Sir George Reid (former Prime Minister), with an armament compliment of 8 12 inch guns, 14 4 inch guns and 2 18 inch torpedo tubes. This gear and lever are from one of these guns and were salvaged by someone before the ship was sunk in 1924.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 1981

Acquisition Date

17 May 2005

Cite this Object

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Breech closing gear and lever from HMAS Australia 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 4 February 2023, <https://ma.as/76014>

Wikipedia

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