Fri 7 Nov 2014 – Sun 10 May 2015
9:30am – 5:00pm
WA Maritime Museum
Two ships, two nations, one extraordinary story.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cocos (Australia’s successful first naval engagement of World War One), the Western Australian Museum has curated and produced a compelling exhibition that speaks of the tributes that flowed to both the victor and the vanquished.
The Last Gentlemen of War recreates the events of an extraordinary battle in 1914. The first HMAS Sydney met the German light cruiser Emden at the Cocos Islands. It was a decisive victory for the Royal Australian Navy in its first-ever battle at sea.
This exhibition recreates the events surrounding the Battle of Cocos and tells a story of decency, honour and even humour – a stark contrast to the bloody, protracted acts of war that would quickly follow.
Interview with exhibition curator
This interview was recorded with Annie Boyd, curator of this exhibition, by ABC 720 afternoons.
Interview courtesy of ABC 720 Afternoons.
To request an accessible version of this interview please email email@example.com
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts body and advisory body.
The Last Gentleman of War
Image copyright WA Museum
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