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The HMAS Sydney versus SMS Emden Battle

Wed 19 Jul, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Zoom Presentation,

Overview: –

In the first months of WW1 the RAN scored its first naval victory against the crack German light cruiser SMS Emden.

This presentation will highlight the story of both ships and their men. It will also show the gallantry and cruel realisation of one the first battles of modern naval warfare.

Meanwhile there are many other stories to tell, this will include the strange but chivalrous behaviour of the German landing party and their epic escape on a derelict schooner the ‘Ayesha’.

It will also say why A.B. ‘Banjo’ Patterson the famous writer and poet had a hand in all of this!

Presenter – Kez Hasanic

Kez has had a lifelong interest in History and in particular military and naval history. Before retirement in 2018 he served 40 years as a History teacher at Kogarah High School. During that time, he taught a number of students who would win the NSW Premier’s Award for HSC History, was closely involved with the History Faculty at Sydney University for teacher training and was also involved in creating user scenarios for a number of historical military and naval computer simulations. Currently Kez is active as a volunteer guide at the Australian National Maritime Museum and recently joined the museum’s speaker’s group. In addition, he is a musician and motoring enthusiast.


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The HMAS Sydney versus SMS EMDEN 1914

11:00am. Wednesday, 19th. July 2023  (Sydney Time)

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Wed 19 Jul
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Zoom Presentation