On This Day
1919-1938 > Depresssion and between the wars
On This Day - 1919-1938
- April 17, 1919
HMAS Brisbane sailed from Portsmouth for Australia via Malta, Port Said, Aden, Colombo, Singapore and Darwin. She later joined submarine HMAS J5, already on her way to Australia, and assumed responsibility for her escort which included towing her for some of the voyage to Sydney
- April 10, 1919
HMAS BILOELA, (fleet collier), was launched at Cockatoo Island, Sydney.
HMA Submarine J5, (LEUT J. R. Peirson, RN), collided with the French sailing ship TERRENEUVIEN YOLANDE, south of Portsmouth, England. The Australian Government later paid £4922 in compensation to the French owners.
- April 9, 1919
HMAS SYDNEY, five J class submarines, and the submarine depot ship HMAS PLATYPUS, departed England for Australia. The submarines had been gifted to the RAN by the British Admiralty, but their service was to be brief. Upon arrival in Australia the submarines required major refits, and all had been disposed of by the mid 1920’s.
- March 25, 1919
Britain’s gift submarines to the RAN, J1, J2, J3, J4, J5, J6 and J7, were commissioned into the RAN. The Flotilla Commander was CMDR E. C. Boyle, VC, RN.
- March 22, 1919
CDRE John Saumarez Dumaresq, CB, CVO, MVO, RN, was appointed Commodore Commanding Australian Naval Squadron, and hoisted his flag in the cruiser HMAS MELBOURNE. Although a RN officer he had been born in Sydney in 1873, and later joined the Royal Navy as a cadet midshipman.