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Royal Navy Australian Station

Collection | Ref # RNAS | Held by Archives New Zealand, Head Office, Wellington

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Royal Navy Australian Station


Royal Navy Australian Station

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c7.5 linear metres

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The Royal Navy Australian Station was established in 1859, with Naval Defence for New Zealand based on visits by English Naval vessels stationed in New South Wales. In 1887, owing to an increasing French and German presence in the Pacific, and in answer to requests from New Zealand for more protection, Britain decided to maintain seven additional ships in Australasian waters. Australia and New Zealand agreed to share the costs. This situation lasted until 1913 when the station closed down and New Zealand took control of its own naval organisation. At the close of the Station the records were shared-out between the Admiralty (England), the Australian Naval Board, and the Senior Naval Officer for New Zealand.

The bound volumes of correspondence cover communication between the Commander-in Chief and the Admiralty, Naval Officers on the Station, Colonial Governments, and others. Topics include administrative matters, manning, armaments, munitions supply, discipline and training, Pacific Islands, New Zealand, and incidents like kidnapping. There is a bound index for correspondence covering the period 1870-1910.

The Correspondence files contain similar material but of a more miscellaneous character. A third section contains Registers of the Naval Reserve, a book of weights (HMS "Leith") and General Outwards letters of the Commander-in-Chief.

Correspondence; miscellaneous registers

Dates covered:

Circa 1865 - 1913

Access conditions:

Originals restricted. Microfilm copies available

Finding aids:

Record group list available

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