The Naval Presence in Sydney Harbour

There has been a naval presence in Sydney Harbour since 1788. Australia's shores were first protected by the Royal Navy (RN), and colonial navies were established to support the work of the RN. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was established in 1911, and it wasn't until October 1913 that an Australian naval fleet entered Sydney Harbour for the first time. That event was celebrated in 2013 by the RAN's International Fleet Review, taking place in Sydney Harbour from 3 to 11 October 2013.
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HMAS Sydney crew marching through Sydney city streets, 11 February 1941. Sam Hood Collection, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=85940

HMAS Sydney crew marching through Sydney city streets, 11 February 1941. Sam Hood Collection, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=85940

Visit of the Royal Navy's Detached Squadron, Sydney Harbour, 1881. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=421257

Visit of the Royal Navy's Detached Squadron, Sydney Harbour, 1881. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=421257

United States Navy warship Kearsarge in Sydney Harbour (near Garden Island), 1869. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=420999

United States Navy warship Kearsarge in Sydney Harbour (near Garden Island), 1869. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=420999

Sailors on deck of four-funnel cruiser HMS Powerful, Australian Squadron, Sydney Harbour. circa 1902-1913. Sam Hood Collection, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=152671

Sailors on deck of four-funnel cruiser HMS Powerful, Australian Squadron, Sydney Harbour.

USS Kansas in Sydney Harbour during the visit of the United States Navy's Great White Fleet, 1908. Perier Collection, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=14819

USS Kansas in Sydney Harbour during the visit of the United States Navy's Great White Fleet, 1908. Perier Collection, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=14819

HMAS Australia (1927-1954) at the arrival of HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, 22 November 1934. Sam Hood Collection, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=9755

HMAS Australia (1927-1954) at the arrival of HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, 22 November 1934. Sam Hood Collection, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=9755

John Skinner Prout, Sydney Harbour, possibly Blues Point, ca. 1841-1843. Watercolour. The cottage bears what appears to be the white ensign of the Royal Navy flying, possibly a Royal Navy shore establishment. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=442333

John Skinner Prout, Sydney Harbour, possibly Blues Point, ca. 1841-1843. Watercolour. The cottage bears what appears to be the white ensign of the Royal Navy flying, possibly a Royal Navy shore establishment. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=442333

HMAS Sydney crew marching through Sydney city streets, 11 February 1941. Sam Hood Collection, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=85940

Bebarfeld's staff hang out the window while the crew of HMAS Sydney marches past- 1941

Crowds flock to watch a sham naval fight involving the Detached Squadron, Sydney, 13 April 1881. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=420814

Gunnery on the harbour.

On board United States Navy battleship Kansas. Great White Fleet visit, 1908. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=75758

On board United States Navy battleship Kansas. Great White Fleet visit, 1908. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://www.acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=75758


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