The ‘Sydney’–‘Emden’ Engagement and the Story of Stoker Stan Newton, RAN
While at anchor in Colombo Harbour on 14 November 1914, HMAS Sydney’s captain, Captain John Glossop RN, met with Banjo Paterson in his capacity as representative for the Australian press. As did all Australia, Paterson awaited Glossop’s account of his recent and overwhelming victory over the German raider SMS Emden with great anticipation.

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive