Submarine model finds new home

Published on Tuesday, 1 September 2020 at 1:41:01 PM

A model of HMAS AE2 created by local artist Dave Taylor has found its home on Mt Adelaide at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum.

Originally created for a 2014 art exhibition as part of the Anzac Albany centenary celebrations, it has returned to Albany as a permanent feature in the Royal Australian Navy/HMAS Perth II Nissen hut.

Albany’s connection to the HMAS AE2 submarine is part of the Anzac legacy as it departed with the second convoy on 31 December 1914 from King George Sound.

The submarine was the first to navigate the Dardanelles Straits entering the Sea of Marmara and disrupting supply lines during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.

On 24 April 2011 a memorial plaque was dedicated to HMAS AE2 on the Pier of Remembrance located at Anzac Peace Park as part of the AE2 Commemorative Foundation project.

Curator David Theodore said the installation is a great reminder of what took place throughout the 100-year commemorative period.

“The events that took place in 2014 as part of Anzac Albany is something that the community can be proud of for years to come and serves as a reminder of the contribution the Anzac’s made to our country,” Mr Theodore said.

“We are excited to have this fantastic and visually stunning piece returned to Albany, with both artist and donor happy to see it displayed at the museum.

“In the near future we’re also looking at creating additional signage to tell the story of the AE2 at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum.”

The HMAS AE2 model is free to view from Tuesday to Sunday 9am till 4pm at the Princess Royal Fortress located within the Albany Heritage Park.

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