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913176
  • Title
    Photograph album relating to the Cocos Island Wireless Telegraphy Station and the Sydney-Emden battle, 1914 / R. H. C. Green
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXB 498
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1914
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    913176
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 album (ca. 122 photographs)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    R. H. C. Green was superintendent of the Cable and Wireless stations at Cocos Islands, then known as the Eastern extension, Workshop No.2. -- source: Mitchell Library correspondence file
  • Scope and Content
    Contents transcribed from partial written description by Associate Mitchell Librarian, October 1970. The original notes are with the volume and are sometimes in an unclear hand.

    Not all images are described; for numbers omitted below, a photo exists without a description.

    1. Emden wreck view looking forward [captioned photograph]
    5. Germans coming ashore
    6. Sydney [ship]
    8. Germans in helmets. Rest staff, Cocos Is.
    11. Germans
    14. The Sydney fr. [from?] Cocos
    17. Mast being chopped down [i.e. radio mast]
    19. Probably a German training ship in vicinity at time
    20. Sydney [ship]
    21. German boats coming ashore
    23. Wreck of Emden
    25. Syd [Sydney] fr [from] shore
    28. Germans
    29. Germans coming ashore
    30. Wreck of Emden
    33. Part of radio [install.?] at Cocos
    34. Landing party
    35-36. [illegible] C. Is. [Cocos Islands]
    37. Emden
    39. Shore party
    40-41. Germans
    42. Staff of roof watching
    45. Inside of radio station
    46. German machine gun setup
    47. Wreck of Emden
    48. Inside radio st. [station] Cocos I.
    50. Mast chopped down. 1st job when ashore
    51-52. Cocos
    53. Main radio mast chopped down
    54. Install. [Installation?] at Cocos [overhead view of building complex]
    55. Wreck of Emden
    56. Germans pushing own supplies
    57. Emden on rocks at North Keeling I. View showing port battery [captioned photograph]
    59. [Loose photograph, inscribed on reverse:]"Cocos Nov 9th '14 The office after the Germans had had a go at it with American axes etc."
    60. Staff
    63. Salvage party visiting the "Emden" wreck [captioned photograph]
    64. Cocos I. (Direction Is.) Pathway around the ocean beach [captioned photograph]
    65. Staff Cocos
    66. German training ship?
    67. Germans standing guard outside huts
    68. [Loose photograph, inscribed on reverse:] "Emden, The "Sydney" appears - the cable staff prisoners of war on Cocos Island Nov 9th 1914"
    69. S.M.S. Emden on rocks 200 yrds from beach [captioned photograph]
    70. Taken fr. Sydney [view from deck of Sydney]
    72. Wreckage on island [radio station?]
    73. [Loose postcard:] German postcard taken from one of them before they got them posted
  • Source
    Purchased from Mr T. B. Green, November 1970 Pic.Acc.2064
  • Collection History
    The album was purchased from the the son of R. H. C. Green, November 1970.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Contents list compiled from notes taken by the Associate Mitchell Librarian in a meeting the vendor, October 1970.
  • General note

    Handwritten title on cover of album: "R. H. C. Green. "B." W'S (workshop 2)" [i.e. "B" Wireless Station (workshop 2)?]

    Transferred from Pic.Acc.2064 as part of the eRecords project, 2011-2012
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1064166
  • Attributions / conjectures

    Mitchell Library correspondence file refers to "H. R. C. Green" but the album is signed "R. H. C. Green" on the front cover.
  • Conservation note

    Some album mount windows are torn and creased; two loose photographs could be reattached (adhesive marks show original position)
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