War at Sea Exhibition
More than one hundred years ago, on 14 September 1914, Australia’s first submarine AE1 disappeared while patrolling the seas near present day Papua New Guinea. No trace of the vessel or its 35 hands has ever been found to this day. Highlighting the tragedy of the war and the loss of life, the exhibition features letters of condolences following the disappearance of AE1, including a letter from Winston Churchill to a grieving widow. Also on display are poignant artefacts such as sailor’s love tokens and grand commemorative medallions dedicated to Australia’s first major naval victory – the defeat of the seemingly invincible German raider SMS Emden by HMAS Sydney (I) in November 1914.
This story is now being told in a new exhibition at the Queensland Maritime Museum, War at Sea – the Navy in WWI, opening on 30 October and running until April 2018.