John Augustine Collins, RAN

Born  7 Jan 1899Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia
Died  3 Sep 1989(90)Rose Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


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Ranks

31 Dec 1912 Cadet
1 Jan 1917 Mid.
1 Sep 1918 S.Lt.
1 Sep 1918 A/S.Lt.
1 Dec 1919 Lt.
1 Dec 1927 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1932 Cdr.
31 Dec 1937 Capt.
8 Jan 1947 Rear-Admiral
10 May 1950 Vice-Admiral

Retired: 16 Mar 1955


Decorations

26 Jul 1940 CB
13 Dec 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Jan 1951 KBE

Warship Commands listed for John Augustine Collins, RAN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMAS Sydney (D 48)Capt.Light cruiser16 Nov 193915 May 1941
HMAS Shropshire (83)Capt.Heavy cruiser7 Apr 19436 May 1944

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Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMAS Sydney (D 48)


20 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle for patrol in the Western Australia focal area. She was to end the patrol at Albany.

Orders were changed the next day and she was not to proceed to the East of Cape Leeuwin so the idea to end the patrol at Albany was abandoned. (1)

23 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Geraldton from patrol. (1)

25 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Geraldton for Fremantle. (1)

26 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Fremantle from Geralton. (1)

27 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) conducted gunnery exercises off Rottnest Island. (1)

29 Nov 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle to patrol along the Colombo - Fremantle trade route. (1)

2 Dec 1939
Around 0600H/2, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) made rendezvous with HMAS Canberra (Capt. W.R. Patterson, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) and HMAS Australia (Capt. R.R. Stewart, RN). Exercises were then carried out until 1100H/2, when HMAS Sydney parted company to return to Fremantle where she arrived around 1800H/2. (2)

6 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle for torpedo firing exercises on completion of which she proceeded to provide cover for the liner Duntroon (Australian, 10346 GRT, built 1935) until about 40 miles east of Cape Leeuwin around 0800H/8.

HMAS Sydney then proceeded to provide cover for the transport Waimarama (British, 12843 GRT, built 1938) until off Cape Leeuwin.

HMAS Sydney returned to Fremantle around 0700H/12. (3)

13 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1345H/13, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle for Sydney. (3)

18 Dec 1939
Around 1345H/18, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Sydney from Fremantle. (3)

19 Dec 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) commenced a short refit and docking period at Sydney. Also leave was given to her crew. (4)

8 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Sydney for Jervis Bay. En route exercises were conducted which continued for the remainder of the day also inside Jervis Bay. (5)

9 Jan 1940
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Jervis Bay for duty with convoy US 1.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy US 1 ' for 6 January 1940.] (5)

12 Jan 1940
HMS Leander (from the New Zealand Division) (Commodore H.E. Horan, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) conducted gunnery exercises off Sydney before entering harbour. (5)

16 Jan 1940
HMS Leander (from the New Zealand Division) (Commodore H.E. Horan, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) conducted gunnery and range and inclination exercises off Sydney.

They parted company on completion of the exercises.

HMS Leander setting course to return to New Zealand. (5)

17 Jan 1940
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) conducted night and dawn exercises with the Fortress at Newcastle to test the defences. She returned to Sydney around 1100K/17.

At 1930K/17, HMAS Sydney left harbour to assist in the salvage of the Battle Practice Target which had grounded off Sydney. She sailed with around 200 ratings short as leave had been given and not all ratings were able to return to the ship in time after leave had been cancelled and the crew recalled. (5)

18 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 1709K/18, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived back at Sydney. (5)

19 Jan 1940
At 0730K/19, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Sydney to continue to assist in the salvage operations of the Battle Practice Target. She returned to harbour later the same day after the salvage attempts had been successful. (5)

25 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 25/26 January 1940, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) conducted exercises off Sydney. (5)

29 Jan 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) and HMAS Manoora (Cdr. A.H. Spurgeon, RAN) conducted exercises off Sydney. (5)

1 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900K/1, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Sydney for Portland. (6)

3 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
A.M. on 3 February 1940 HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Portland.

Around 1245K/3, HMAS Sydney departed Portland for Fremantle. (6)

8 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0730H/8, HMAS Sydney arrived at Fremantle from Portland.

She had spent some time at Albany the previous day. (6)

15 Feb 1940
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) conducted exercises off Rottnest Islands, which included night exercises, on completion of which she proceeded to Bunbury arriving there the following day for a visit.

She departed Bunbury again to be off Rottnest Island for a dawn 'attack' on the 17th on completion of which she returned to Fremantle harbour. (6)

22 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle for patrol. On leaving harbour 4" HA firings were carried out on a sleeve target which was towed by Sydney's own aircraft. The aircraft however could not be recovered due to the sea state and proceeded to Carnarvon via Geralton. (6)

23 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1830H/23, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Carnarvon from patrol. Here she re-embarked her aircraft. (6)

24 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1900H/24, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Carnarvon for patrol. (6)

27 Feb 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Fremantle from patrol. (6)

5 Mar 1940
Around 0930H/5, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle for patrol. On leaving harbour gunnery and torpedo firing exercises were carried out. On completion of the exercises HMAS Sydney proceeded on patrol off Western Austalia. (7)

7 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) returned to Fremantle from patrol. (7)

13 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900H/13, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle for patrol. On leaving harbour gunnery exercises were carried out including HA exercises on a sleeve target towed by HMAS Sydney's own aircraft. On completion of the exercises HMAS Sydney proceeded on patrol off Western Austalia.

14 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) anchored off Busselton P.M. this day. (7)

15 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) returned to Fremantle. (7)

19 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930H/19, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle for patrol. On leaving harbour exercises, including torpedo firing, were carried out. On completion of the exercises HMAS Sydney proceeded on patrol off Western Austalia. (7)

21 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) returned to Fremantle, P.M. this day, from patrol. (7)

24 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1100H/24, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle to provide cover for the troopship Duntroon (Australian, 10346 GRT, built 1935) which was on passage through the area. (7)

26 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) returned to Fremantle from patrol. (7)

31 Mar 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1000H/31, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle for patrol to provide cover for the troopship Manunda (Australian, 9115 GRT, built 1929) which was passing through the area. (7)

1 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) made rendezvous with the troopship Manunda (Australian, 9115 GRT, built 1929). On joining a range and inclination exercise was carried out during which the troopship acted as 'target'.

Around 0210H/2, they parted company. HMAS Sydney then set course to provide cover for first, the Empress of Britain (British, 42348 GRT, built 1931) and later for the Aquitania (British, 44786 GRT, built 1914). (8)

8 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0720H/8, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) returned to Fremantle after escort / cover duties. (8)

10 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0940H/10, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle to search for Danish and Norwegian merchant vessels in the Western Australia focal area. (8)

13 Apr 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0700H/13, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) returned to Fremantle from patrol. (8)

14 Apr 1940
Around 0900H/14, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Fremantle to search for the Norwegian tankers Anglo Maersk (7705 GRT, built 1930).

Around 1245H/14, HMAS Sydney encountered the Anglo Maersk and proceeded with her to Fremantle arriving around 1900H/14. (8)

1 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN), which is en-route to Fremantle after convoy escort duties, is ordered to proceed to Colombo at best speed. As it was not possible to reach Colombo with the fuel remaining it was decided to proceed to Colombo via Singapore. Course was therefore set towards the Sunda Strait. (9)

5 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1520G/5, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Keppel Harbour, Singapore where she immediately commenced fuelling. She departed for Colombo around midnight 5/6 May 1940. (9)

8 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1830EF/8, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Colombo from Singapore. (9)

10 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1630EF/10, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Colombo to search for the Dutch liner Christiaan Huygens (Dutch, 16287 GRT, built 1927).

The Dutch vessel had not been sighted before HMAS Sydney was ordered at 1030EF/11 to return at best speed to Colombo.

HMAS Sydney returned to Colombo around 1730EF/11. (9)

12 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1730EF/12, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Colombo to make rendezvous with convoy US 3 in position 10°10'S, 93°20'E.

Around 0200F/16, when just a few hours away from the rendezvous position, HMAS Sydney was ordered to return to Colombo which she did around 1900EF/18. (9)

19 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0800EF/19, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) departed Colombo for Aden at 23 knots.

Orders were received to proceed to Aden with despatch and speed was therefore increased to 27 knots.

Not long after departure, at 1045EF/19, in position 06°45'N, 79°15'E, HMAS Sydney a whale or large shark was struck by the starboard outer propeller. A slight bump was felt and the carcass was seen floating away nearly cut in half with blood, etc. surrounding it. Later divers checked the propeller for damage but none was found. (9)

22 May 1940
Around 1600C/22, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Aden from Colombo.

after fuelling, she departed around 2200C/22, to overtake and join HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) and HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN) which were also on passage to Suez but had departed Aden around 1830C/22. She was to join the other two ships around 0300C/23, to the east of Perim. (9)

24 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930C/24, HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN) parted company to proceed ahead to Suez. HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) continued on to Suez in company with each other. (9)

25 May 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1915C/25, HMS Eagle (Capt. A.R.M. Bridge, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived at Suez.

Around one hour later HMAS Sydney departed to pass the Suez Canal northbound. (9)

26 May 1940
Around 0515C/26, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) arrived off Port Said but she did not enter the port and immediately left for Alexandria arriving there around 1445C/26.

At Alexandria she joined the Mediterranean Fleet. (9)

18 Jul 1940
Around 0430C/18, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, RAN) and the destroyer HMS Havock (Cdr. R.E. Courage, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for an anti-shipping raid in the Gulf of Athens. They were to pass through the Kaso Strait around 2000C/18 and proceed towards the Gulf of Athens. After the raid they were to pass through the Anti-Kithera Channel as to arrive at Alexandria at 1400C/20. (10)

8 Sep 1940
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) is docked in the floating dock at Alexandria. (11)

10 Sep 1940
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) is undocked. (11)

17 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) is again docked in the floating dock at Alexandria. (12)

18 Sep 1940
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) is undocked. (11)

23 Sep 1940
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) completed a short refit and docking period at Alexandria. (13)

24 Sep 1940
Around 1400C/24, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Alexandria to patrol near Cyprus to provide cover for the netlayer HMS Protector (Cdr. R.J. Gardner, RN) which had departed Alexandria early in the evening of 22 September to intercept the Vichy French passenger ship Theophile Gautier (8194 GRT, built 1926) which was to departed Beirut for Southern France on the 24th.

When it became known that the Vichy ship was delayed in sailing, HMS Protector was ordered to proceed to Famagusta where she arrived around 1900C/25.

HMAS Sydney returned to Alexandria arriving around 0330C/26. (14)

17 Nov 1940
Around 1500C/17, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Piraeus for patrol in the Aegean.

Around 0700C/18, HMS Orion parted company and proceeded to Suda Bay where she arrived around 1115C/18.

Around 1500C/18, HMS Orion departed Suda Bay and rejoined HMS Ajax and HMAS Sydney around 1600C/18. The cruisers then resumed their patrol in the Aegean.

Around 0930C/20, the three cruisers arrived at Alexandria. (15)

5 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
the battleship HMS Warspite (Capt. D.B. Fisher, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Admiral Sir A.B. Cunningham, KCB, DSO, RN), light cruisers HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN), HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) and the destroyers HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN), HMS Juno (Cdr. St.J.R.J. Thyrwhitt, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (16)

6 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1015B/6, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Alexandria for Suda Bay where they arrived around 1215B/7. (17)

7 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1445B/7, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Suda Bay for patrol in the Aegean. They arrived at Piraeus around 1030B/8. (17)

10 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1630B/10, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Piraeus for patrol in the Aegean. (18)

12 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1315B/12, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at Suda Bay from patrol.

After having completed fuelling they departed again around 1630B/12 to resume their patrol. (18)

13 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930B/13, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at Piraeus from patrol. (18)

14 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1700B/14, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Piraeus to patrol in the Aegean. (18)

15 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0645B/15, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) parted company. HMAS Ajax remained on patrol while HMAS Sydney proceeded to Suda Bay to fuel. She arrived there around 0845B/15 and left again around 1315B/15 to resume patrol.

Around 1330B/15, HMS Ajax then entered Suda Bay to fuel leaving again around 1600B/15.

The two cruisers rejoined company for patrol around 1720B/15. (18)

16 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0845B/16, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at Piraeus from patrol.

Around 1145B/16, they departed for Suda Bay where they arrived around 1800B/16. (18)

17 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0300B/17, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Suda Bay for operations.

[For more info see the event ' Operations MC 2, MC 3 and HIDE ' for 15 December 1940.] (18)

23 Dec 1940
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at Malta for a short refit. (19)

24 Dec 1940
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) is docked in No.4 dock at the Malta Dockyard. (19)

5 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) is undocked. (20)

11 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600B/11, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Alexandria for Port Said.

She entered the Suez Canal around 0340B/12.

Around 1900B/12 she arrived in Suez Bay where she topped off with fuel and departed at 2100B/12 to overtake and join convoy SW 4B.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy SW 4B ' for 12 January 1941.] (20)

20 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
On parting company with convoy SW 4B, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN), set course for Mogadishu, Italian Somaliland to reconnoitre that port which she did on 21 January. On completion of this task course was set for Port Victoria, Seychelles. (20)

24 Jan 1941
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles to fuel. After completion she departed again in search of an enemy raider after a distress signal had been received from the British transport Mandasor (5144 GRT, built 1920) which was sunk that day by the German raider Atlantis to the east of the Seychelles in position 04°18'S, 61°00'E. (20)

27 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) returned to Port Victoria, Seychelles from patrol. The enemy raider had not been sighted.

After having completed fuelling she departed for Fremantle later the same day. (20)

5 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at Fremantle from Port Victoria, Seychelles.

After fuelling she departed for Sydney later the same day. (21)

9 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at Sydney very late in the evening. (21)

12 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) commenced a short refit at the Garden Island naval base at Sydney. (21)

27 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) completed her short refit at Sydney. (21)

28 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) conducted post refit trials off Sydney. These included a full power trial.

On completion of these trials course was set for Melbourne. (21)

28 Mar 1941
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Sydney escorting the troopships Mauretania (British, 35739 GRT, built 1939) and Nieuw Amsterdam (Dutch, 36287 GRT, built 1938) towards Wellington, New Zealand.

They parted company around 0930L/30 about 150 miles from the New Zealand coast, with the troopships arriving at Wellington later the same day. HMAS Sydney set course to return to Sydney. (22)

1 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) returned to Sydney from escort duty. (23)

5 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) is docked in the Sutherland Dock at the Cockatoo Island Dockyard for repairs to an oil fuel tank and the change of two propellers. (23)

8 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) is undocked. (23)

9 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0600K/9, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Sydney escorting the troopship Queen Mary (British, 81235 GRT, built 1936) to Jervis Bay where they arrived around 1245K/9.

To provide A/S protection for the troopship the auxiliary patrol vessel HMAS Kybra (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Little, RANR(S)) and the minesweeper HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) patrolled off the entrance to the bay. (23)

10 Apr 1941
Around 0915K/10, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) and the troopship Queen Mary (British, 81235 GRT, built 1936) departed Jervis Bay to join convoy US 10 at sea on 11 April.

At 1000K/10, HMS Achilles (New Zealand Division) (Capt. H.M. Barnes, RN) took over from HMAS Sydney which then set course for Sydney arriving around 1430K/10.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy US 10 ' for 7 April 1941.] (23)

11 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0800K/11, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Sydney for Port Philip. (23)

12 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930K/12, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) made a short stop off Portsea where she embarked the First Naval Member and staff. She then departed for Fremantle. (23)

15 Apr 1941
Around 0930H/15, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at Fremantle where she fuelled.

Around 1530H/15, she departed Fremantle for Singapore. (23)

19 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around mid-afternoon, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at the Singapore Naval Base. (23)

22 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Late in the afternoon, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Singapore for Fremantle. (23)

27 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1130H/27, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) arrived at Fremantle from Singapore. (23)

6 May 1941
Around 0900H/6, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) departed Fremantle for patrol. On departure from Fremantle gunnery exercises were carried out. (24)

9 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1730H/9, HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN) returned to Fremantle from patrol. (24)

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  21. War diary of HMAS Sydney for February 1941
  22. War diary of HMAS Sydney for March 1941
  23. War diary of HMAS Sydney for April 1941
  24. War diary of HMAS Sydney for May 1941

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