The City of Sydney’s special relationship with the HMAS Sydney began in 1914 when the ship’s encounter with the German raider, SMS Emden crew was commemorated in the Town Hall with the unveiling of a plaque. In 1941, the crew of the second HMAS Sydney were honoured with a civic reception and the presentation of a medal for their victory in the Mediterranean Sea in World War II. More recently, the contribution of HMAS Sydney to the Vietnam conflict was recognised with the dedication of a plaque.
Ship's Company,HMAS Sydney
Ship's Company,HMAS Sydney
By Veveris, 1940 photograph Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-012 Photo Greg Piper
Buchanan's whisky decanter
Buchanan's whisky decanter
Made by James Green and Nephew, London, 1916, earthenware Sydney Town Hall Collection Photo Greg Piper
Life Buoy
Life Buoy
Presented to the City of Sydney on the decommissioning of the third HMAS Sydney, c1848 Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-001 Photo Greg Piper
Medal and Plaque
Medal and Plaque
Commemorating the HMAS Sydney's victory against the Italian cruiser, Bartolomeo Colleoni, on 19 April 1940 Sydney Town Hall Collection 89-105 Photo Greg Piper
Plaque commemorating the HMAS-Sydney's victory against SMS-Emden
Plaque commemorating the HMAS-Sydney's victory against SMS-Emden
1941 Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-294 Photo Greg Piper