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ANZAC history of the Australian submarine AE2

Date : 13 / 05 / 2016
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The exploits of an Australian submarine in the Dardanelles as ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli on April 15, 1915, have been shown through a presentation to a very interested gathering.
Kevin Mulcahy VK2CE, the Master of a Masonic Lodge on the New South Wales coast gave an informative talk that detailed the AE2 story. His presentation at a lodge meeting went for 90 minutes before an audience that included former Navy sailors resulting in few questions being asked.

Kevin VK2CE said: "The story of AE2 one of amazing fortitude, skill and perseverance plus of course, gallantry. "Its sister Australian submarine, the AE1 which disappeared in battle, was skippered by a Freemason, and that has led to further research."

The two E-Class submarines were the first for the then fledgling Royal Australian Navy. The powerpoint presentation drew heavily on the original article written by Michael Charteris VK4QS, "The spark gap signal that changed ANZAC history", in the April edition of Amateur Radio magazine, the WIA journal.

On the ANZAC Century that article it talks of the role of Australian submarine AE2, and that crucial wireless message sent by telegrapher William Falconer in the Dardanelles as ANZAC landed at Gallipoli on April 15, 1915.
The gallant officers and sailors on AE2, located in the Sea of Marmara, are part of the ANZAC legend.


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