Zur 100-Jahr-Feier der Royal Australian Navy im Oktober 2013 wurde ein neues Buch über die Geschichte von HMAS SYDNEY - SMS EMDEN vorgestellt:
Der Autor, Mike Carlton, bedankt sich bei der Emdenfamilie für die konstruktive und hilfreiche Unterstützung
Die Geschichte der Dampfpfeife:
In Morwell, Victoria - Australien fand vom 01.März - 08.Mai.2003 eine Ausstellung statt. Der Titel der Ausstellung lautete:
'Three Lives of the Emden Steam Whistle'.
(Der Text stammt von Dr. Meredith Fletcher, Monash University, Gippsland, Victoria, Australien.
Deutsche Übersetzung von Christa Jakob)
The first part of the exhibition tells the steam whistle's naval history. We will have the steam whistle on display, as well as the Emden's binnacle and other artefacts and photographs. We are hoping to do a profile of Otto Monkedieck, the navigator, and of couse we'll be telling the story of the Ayesha.
What happened to the steam whistle after the war? It was salvaged from North Keeling Island and became a power station siren in the early 1920s. The Victorian Government developed a vast scheme to provide electricity for Victoria, based on generating electricity from brown coal deposits in the Latrobe Valley. So the Emden steam whistle became the Yallourn power station siren, sounding the shifts of the working day. It was part of a large enterprise that included an open cut mine and briquette factory which drew extensively on German technology. A special town was also built at Yallourn to house the workers. People at Yallourn lived their lives to the sound of the former Emden steam whistle. Our exhibition will focus on Yallourn: company town and garden city.
In the 1970s, the Victorian Government began to demolish the beautiful model town of Yallourn to mine the coal that lay underneath. The Emden steam whistle/Yallourn power station siren was silenced and it began its third life: that of a museum object whose sound revives memories of a lost town. In the third part of the exhibition, we'll be displaying objects and artefacts that former Yallourn residents keep from their town, now that it no longer exists.
We have the Emden steam whistle's sound captured on record, and that will be sounding at times throughout the exhibition.
The exhibition is only a modest one, but I thought it may be of interest to descendants of the Emden sailors.
DIE DREI LEBEN DER EMDEM - DAMPFPFEIFE
Der erste Teil der Ausstellung, ist natürlich über die Geschichte der SMS Emden und die Schlacht bei den Cocos- Inseln.
Informationshalber möchte ich Sie darüber in Kenntnis setzten, dass wir im Rahmen dieser Ausstellung die originale Dampfpfeife der SMS Emden zeigen.
Der zweite Teil der Ausstellung zeigt auf, was mit der Dampfpfeife geschah, nachdem sie vom Wrack der Emden montiert wurde. Die Dampfpfeife wurde als Sirene in einem Kohle-Kraftwerk eingesetzt.
DieRegierung des Staates Victoria entwickelte die Idee, diesen Staat um 1920 mit einem grossen Programm zu elektrizifieren. Dazu wurde deutsche Technologie verwendet, um Strom aus Braunkohle zu gewinnen.
Die Dampfpfeife der SMS Emden wurde als `Yallourn Power Station`Sirene eingesetzt.
Die Sirene bestimmte einen wesentlichen Teil des alltäglichen Lebens der Menschen dieser Region.Sie rief die Arbeiter zur Arbeit, sie zeigte Pausen und Arbeitsende an...etc.
Um das Kohlekraftwerk herum wurde eine Modellstadt gebaut.
Der 3.Teil der Ausstellung beschäftigt sich damit, dass die Regierung entschied, die Menschen umzusiedeln, damit die Kohle, die sich unter den Häusern der Modellstadt befand, abgebaut werden konnte.
Das führte zur kompletten Zerstörung der Modellstadt. Die Emden - Dampfpfeife/ Yallourne Powerstation Sirene ist nun ein Museumsstück in der Stadt, MOE - Gippsland Heritage Park, Victoria.
Wir haben den Ton der Dampfpfeife auf Band und für viele Menschen dieser Region sind damit viele, viele Erinnerungen verbunden. Während der Ausstellung wird das Band mit dem Signal der Emden Dampfpfeife gespielt.
Wenn Sie weitere Informationen über die Ausstellung benötigen, kontaktieren Sie mich bitte unter der folgenden Email-Adresse:
Mein Name ist: Dr. Meredith Fletcher
Ich bin Dozentin für Geschichte an der Monash Universität von Gippsland- Gippsland, Victoria / Australien
Ein beeindruckendes Fernschreiben,
Fregatte "Sydney" an Fregatte "Emden" im März 2002 :
R 190733Z MAR 02
FM HMAS SYDNEY
TO FGS EMDEN
SUBJ: MEMORIAL SERVICE NORTH KEELING ISLAND
1. ON MONDAY 11 MARCH, HMAS SYDNEY PASSED CLOSE BY THE NORTH KEELING ISLAND TO
CONDUCT A SHORT SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THE 138 SAILORS WHO DIED AS A RESULT OF
THE COMBAT BETWEEN HMAS SYDNEY I AND SMS EMDEN. SHORTLY AFTER THE TIME IN THE
MORNING WHEN THE OPENING SALVOES COMMENCED OVER 87 YEARS AGO, SYDNEY IV SAILED
QUIETLY PAST THE GRAVE OF EMDEN AT A LITTLE MORE THAN A MILE DISTANT, AND WITH THE
CREW MUSTERED AFT LAID TWO WREATHS ON BEHALF OF SYDNEY IV AND FGS EMDEN.
2. THREATENING SKIES CLEARED FOR THE DURATION OF THE SERVICE, AND AFTER AN
INTRODUCTORY SPEECH BY MYSELF, A SERIES OF PRAYERS AND READINGS WERE OFFERED TO
THE MEMORY OF OUR ANCESTORS. AS THE SHIPS COMPANY LOOKED TO EMDENS LAST RESTING
PLACE, AND GULLS WHEELED OVERHEAD, BOTH WREATHS WERE LAID TOGETHER IN THE DEEP
BLUE SWELL, AND WITH THE PREVAILING WIND AND CURRENT WOULD HAVE LANDED ON THE REEF
OF NORTH KEELING ISLAND. THE SHIP SAILED AWAY FROM THE SHORE SLOWLY TO THE
STRAINS OF A TRUMPET PLAYING THE LAST POST, AND AS THE REVEILLE SOUNDED, MANY IN
OUR CREW CAUGHT THEIR LAST GLIMPSE OF THE REEF THAT NOW PROTECTS THE REMAINS OF A
3. MY ADDRESS TO THE ASSEMBLED SHIPS COMPANY CONCLUDED WITH THE FOLLOWING WORDS:
THE BATTLE BETWEEN THESE TWO SHIPS IS SO SIGNIFICANT FOR WE WHO ARE DESCENDED FROM
THESE OUR ANCESTORS. THE BATTLE DEMONSTRATES THAT SKILLFUL SHIP HANDLING,
EFFICIENT WAR FIGHTING SKILLS AND PLAIN SIMPLE COURAGE ARE VITAL COMPONENT IN
MODERN NAVAL WARFARE. BOTH SHIPS WERE NEW, BOTH CREWS COMPRISED HIGHLY TRAINED
PROFESSIONALS, AND EACH WAS JUSTLY PROUD OF THEIR ABILITIES. OUR TWO SHIPS MOTTOS
ARE BASED ON THE CONTINUED PROUD ASSOCIATION WE IN THE MODERN DAY SYDNEY AND EMDEN
HAVE WITH OUR ANCESTORS, AND WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO BE A PART OF THE ON-GOING
HISTORY OF THESE TWO SHIPS, MOST RECENTLY IN THE FORM OF OUR JOINT SERVICE IN THE
WAR AGAINST TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST. SYDNEY REMAINS THOROUGH AND READY. EMDEN
4. I INTEND TO SEND FULL COPY OF THE ORDER OF SERVICE TO YOU VIA E-MAIL, AND
WILL BE DELIGHTED TO SEND COPIES OF THIS, ALONG WITH PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SERVICE,
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE KREUZER EMDEN ASSOCIATION, MR DIEDERICH ZIMMERMANN.
5. I TRULY REGRET THAT OUT TWO SHIPS DID NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO MEET, BUT OUR
COMBINED HERITAGE WILL ENSURE YOU A WARM WELCOME IN OUR HOME OF SYDNEY SHOULD YOU
EVER FIND YOURSELF IN OUR WATERS.
6. COMMANDER DARYL BATES AM RAN SENDS
Kanone der SMS EMDEN restauriert
Die in Sydney ausgestellte 10,5 cm Schnellladekanone L/40 ist komplett restauriert worden. zu sehen auf der Homepage der Royal Austalian Navy
Der Bericht eines Besatzungsangehörigen der HMAS SYDNEY vom Gefecht, abgedruckt im Newsletter der "Cococ (Keeling) Islands Historical Society", Volume 11 Issue 1 March 2011
and he immediately joined the RAN as leading
After several years Service, Mr Russell
was posted to the Australian Artillery.
He won a Military Medal on October 3rd
1918 at Le Cateau in France for tending wounded
He dressed the wounds of two injured
allied soldiers on the open battlefield among falling
shells before dragging them to his own lines.
Three weeks later and three weeks before
Armistice was signed, a German Gas Bomb
exploded in Mr Russell’s trench.
Another artillery man in the trench with
him died instantly. Mr Russell is still affected by
November 9th 1915 opened a beautiful day
balmy day.We were busy scrubbing decks at 6.45am.
when a Signals Rating (Nat Clifford, who passed
away Nov 8th 1967, one day before the 53rd
anniversary of Emden Action. I asked “What’s the
hurry? He said “ A signal for the Captain.
Within minutes the smoke started belching
from the funnels and all hands were sent to
breakfast. Afterwards Capt. Glossop (after the
Commander Finlayson had cleared the ship for
action) addressed the ships company stressing the
point of remaining calm, and for the older ratings to
help the youngsters as much as possible, as we had
recently acquired about 30 boys from the training
ship Tingara. About 8.30am the lookout reported
from the masthead: Three funnel Cruiser right
ahead.. at which time we were about 12,5000 yards
away; but there was a lot of haze. We heard
Captain Glossop had decided to close to 10,000
yards before opening fire; but before we go to that
range the Emden had opened up, and got a salvo
It was very close to target – “us”.
Our return fire was very ragged and the
Gunnery officer. Lieut. Rahilly, said what he
thought about our shooting. I was captain of
Quarterdeck gun and leading hand. We had 6 inch
guns with range effective at about 10,000 yards.
The Emden had 4.7’s with higher calibrations and
hit us at 10,500 yards and carried away our forward
rangefinder, then within 20 minutes of action they
did the same to the after control.
Marvellous shooting on their part, with a
bit of luck!!!
With both our controls gone, Rahilly had to
give the order “individual Gun Fire” and then
things started to move. My gun on the quarter deck
was used for a start as the range finder. The
Captain would steam right into about 10,000 yds.
put the helm hard over and as the Sydney turned
the quarter deck gun would fire and relay the range.
After that we started getting some good
hits on the Emden. All this time the ships were zig
sagging and hopping in for a quick “smack” when
the opportunity offered. The Sydney and the Emden
fired torpedoes; but both broke water too soon and
did no damage.
After we had knocked down a couple of
Emden funnels she ran ashore and beached herself
on North Keeling Island. As she still had her
colours flying Capt. Glossop signalled “Do you
surrender?” after repeating the signal twice there
was no reply.
Capt. Glossop reluctantly decided on another salvo,
and then a rating went to the masthead, hauled
down the colours and put up a white sheet.
Immediately after the action was finished, the
steamboat was ordered away to investigate a ship
that had appeared on the horizon, and did not
answer signals. I was coxswain of the steamboat
and when we got close enough to see her mane
with the telescope we found it was an English
collier, S.S. Buresk which the Emden had captured
just previously with 600 tons of Welsh coal.
Evidently a rendezvous with the Emden. When we
got on board we found they had smashed all Seacocks
and she was filling quickly. We took the
prize crew (Germans) and some coolies and loaded
them into the Buresk’s boats and towed them back
to the Sydney.
During this time the Sydney was steaming
towards us, and she fired a salvo over our heads
and right into the Buresk which immediately started
to settle with 600 tons of good Welsh coal!
When we got back to the Sydney an officer
asked for volunteers to go ashore on Keeling Island
to round up prisoners that had got ashore from the
Emden. About 8 of us went and stopped close to
the beach an lit a big bonfire as a meeting point. I
got a couple that wanted a drink so badly they kept
heading for the sea water. I managed to scale a
coconut tree and throw a few nuts down and they
had a drink, I took them back to the meeting point.
Next day I went aboard the Emden as all our boats
were taking off the prisoners and wounded, at this
time the Sydney was only about half a mile off
shore. I made fast all the boats as they came
alongside and helped them up and cast off.
At one time having a bit of time on my
hands, I walked aft to where there was a big hole
amidships in the Emden, where there must have
been 40 or 50 bodies. As I was looking at this
gruesome sight I saw one of the bodies moving. I
went and told Captain von Mueller who sent a
couple of seamen with me. After signalling to the
Sydney for morphia and giving him an injection we
got him onto a stretcher and aboard the Sydney.