New panel display explores role of Royal Australian Navy in WWI

Over one hundred years ago, on 14 September 1914, Australia’s first submarine AE1 disappeared while patrolling the seas near present day New Guinea. No trace of the vessel or the 35 crew has ever been found.

This story is now being told in War at Sea – the Navy in WWI, an eight panel exhibition at Hawkesbury Central Library, Windsor and on tour from the Australian National Maritime Museum, from Tuesday, 8 August to Friday, 29 September, during opening hours.

This panel exhibition draws on the personal accounts of Navy service staff through their diaries, mementoes, ship’s logs and letters home, to tell their incredible stories of bravery and sacrifice amidst the drudgery of life at sea, patrolling, blockading and escorting troopships.

The free exhibition will be held at Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor.