Objects and Photographs


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HMS New Zealand (right) and HMAS Australia (left)
HMS New Zealand (right) and HMAS Australia (left)

This photograph shows the differing responses of two Dominions to the threat posed to the British Empire by Germany's ambitious naval program.

In response, the Royal Navy built more ships and asked the Dominions within the Empire to contribute to a common imperial defence by either building their own warships or by helping to fund British construction. HMAS Australia was ordered by Australia as the flagship of its own fledgling navy, while HMS New Zealand was funded by New Zealand and given to Britain.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19940003-726

British Ships in Halifax, 1901
American Cruiser USS Olympia
HMS New Zealand (right) and HMAS Australia (left)
HMCS Niobe, Stern View
HMCS Rainbow arrives at Esquimalt, British Columbia
Rear-Admiral Sir Charles E. Kingsmill
Arrival Ceremony, HMCS Rainbow, Esquimalt, British Columbia
First Naval Recruits, HMCS Niobe
Royal Naval College of Canada, Class Photo, 1911
Royal Naval College of Canada, Machine Shop
Cartoon, HMCS Niobe Coronation Contingent, 1911
Sailors Marching, Esquimalt
HMCS Niobe at Anchor
Boxing Match, HMCS Niobe
Visitors Exploring HMCS Niobe
Coaling the Ship, HMCS Niobe
Gun Practice, HMCS Niobe
Gun Deck, HMCS Niobe
"Seeing the World in Comfort," HMCS Niobe
HMCS Niobe in Drydock, around 1911
Diver Going over the Side
View of "Victory" Boat alongside HMCS Niobe
Rope-work, HMCS Niobe
Two Stokers, HMCS Niobe