On This Day
1919-1938 > Depresssion and between the wars
On This Day - 1919-1938
- March 26, 1936
The Seagull amphibian aircraft, from HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser), was damaged when it fell from a crane at Malta. AUSTRALIA was on exchange duties with the RN at the time.
- March 11, 1936
HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), joined HMAS AUSTRALIA in ADML Sir Max Horton’s 1st Cruiser Squadron at Malta.
- February 15, 1936
HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser), exercised with ‘Queen Bees’, unmanned radio-controlled Moth aircraft, in the Mediterranean.
HMA Ships AUSTRALIA and SHROPSHIRE, (cruisers), exercised together for the first time off Alexandria, Egypt.
- January 28, 1936
HMAS AUSTRALIA, (battle-cruiser), in Alexandria, Egypt, fired a 70 gun salute on the occasion of the funeral of HM King George V.
- January 22, 1936
HMA Ships AUSTRALIA and SYDNEY, (cruisers), fired a 21-gun royal salute at sea on the accession to the throne of Edward VIII.
- January 21, 1936
The Grimsby class escort sloop, HMAS YARRA, was commissioned. Mrs Parkhill, (Wife of the Minister for Defence), performed the commissioning ceremony. YARRA was laid down in Cockatoo Island Dockyard on 28 March 1935. YARRA was sunk in action in the Sunda Strait, on 4 March 1942.
- January 20, 1936
HMA Ships AUSTRALIA and SYDNEY, (cruisers), fired a 70 gun salute on the death of King George V.
- January 15, 1936
HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser), became Cock of the Mediterranean when she won the Cruiser Regatta from HMS LONDON. She also won this regatta. in 1935.
- October 31, 1935
HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), was ordered to join the 2nd Cruiser Squadron in the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Fleet was strengthened as a result of the Abyssinian Crisis.
- October 11, 1935
Secret orders were received by HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser), in the Mediterranean. In the event of war with Italy, AUSTRALIA was to join HMS BERWICK, and proceed to a position off Taranto to cover HMS GLORIOUS, (aircraft carrier), which was to launch its torpedo-carrying Swordfish aircraft against the Italian Fleet.
The orders were reactivated with great success in 1940.