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pike1964
03-19-2006, 04:53 AM
The small town of Holbrook NSW has a tight connection to the submarine force, eventhough it is hundreds of miles from the sea.
Until August 1915 the town was known as Germanton. Not a very popular name in Australia during World War I.
On December 12, 1914 the British submarine B11, commanded by Lieutenant Norman D. Holbrook, sneaked through the minefields in the Dardanelles and sank the Turkish battleship Messudiyeh. Holbrook was the first submariner to receive the Victoria Cross.
The townspeople of Germanton decided to change the name of their town into Holbrook, to honour Lieutenant Holbrook.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y273/pike1964/B11.jpg

1:5 scale model of B11.


Holbrook also is the 'home'of HMAS Otway, an Oberon class submarine which served in the Australian Navy

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y273/pike1964/HMASOtway1.jpg

The surrounds are a bit dry...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y273/pike1964/HMASOtway2.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y273/pike1964/HMASOtway3.jpg

pike1964
03-19-2006, 04:53 AM
The small town of Holbrook NSW has a tight connection to the submarine force, eventhough it is hundreds of miles from the sea.
Until August 1915 the town was known as Germanton. Not a very popular name in Australia during World War I.
On December 12, 1914 the British submarine B11, commanded by Lieutenant Norman D. Holbrook, sneaked through the minefields in the Dardanelles and sank the Turkish battleship Messudiyeh. Holbrook was the first submariner to receive the Victoria Cross.
The townspeople of Germanton decided to change the name of their town into Holbrook, to honour Lieutenant Holbrook.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y273/pike1964/B11.jpg

1:5 scale model of B11.


Holbrook also is the 'home'of HMAS Otway, an Oberon class submarine which served in the Australian Navy

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y273/pike1964/HMASOtway1.jpg

The surrounds are a bit dry...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y273/pike1964/HMASOtway2.jpg

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y273/pike1964/HMASOtway3.jpg

Celeon999
03-19-2006, 05:13 AM
Looks like a place which is worth a visit http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

gazs_sub
03-19-2006, 05:57 AM
Hey pike,

Nice images!

Where is Holbrook? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif (in relation to sydney)?

Ive got numerous images from HMAS Onslow, one of Otway's sister ships, in Sydney. I'll have to post some-time.

Thanks for sharing mate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

WilhelmSchulz.
03-19-2006, 06:57 AM
I live in Hollbrook!.(N.Y) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

pike1964
03-20-2006, 11:37 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by gazs_sub:
Hey pike,

Nice images!

Where is Holbrook? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif (in relation to sydney)?

Ive got numerous images from HMAS Onslow, one of Otway's sister ships, in Sydney. I'll have to post some-time.

Thanks for sharing mate. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Holbrook is on the Hume Highway, some 500K SW of Sydney, some 100K NE of Albury (Vic). H is not much (pop. 1400) but on a sunny morning it's kinda fun to watch a sub in the grass. The Submarine Cafe serves a good flat white.

It's only the outer casing of HMAS Otway, not the whole sub. The tourist information office has a small museum on the submarine force and at the Woolpack Inn Museum you'll find an extensive collection of Lieutenant Holbrook memorabilia, including replicas of his VC.

I was in Sydney only 2 weeks ago. Where the heck is Onslow? I never saw it. Then again, I had to catch my flight and only saw Station Peer and The Rocks.

If you ever get to WA go to the Maritime Museum in Freemantle. Book at tour for HMAS Ovens. Another sistership. Two years ago the tour was great.

Regards from The Netherlands.

Mamersk
03-21-2006, 04:21 AM
HMAS ONSLOW is at the Maratime Museum at Darling Harbour Sydney. I actually used to work on her as a dockyard worker. I am an electrician and I actually wired up the entire lights and power to the forward torpedo room. I also assisted with the torpedo tube wiring and sonar system re-fit... It was interesting to work on.. but very noisy. I have lots of storeys I could tell....

A girlfriend of mine took her father onto HMAS ONSLOW and I went along for the tour. We told the guide that I actually worked on the boat and by the end of the tour the GUIDE had learnt A LOT!! LOL. He asked me to sign a special vistitors book and he said it was the best tour he had ever had!! LOL....

hueywolf123
03-21-2006, 03:40 PM
I am ex-RAN and worked as a phase3 chippy (A stoker who specialised in piped systems, welding etc).When I was at Garden Island they sent me and some others over to HMAS Platypus to help remove and repair the periscope on the Onslow. I now live in Gosford, but next time I'm in Sydney I will go and see her