Ca. Nov. 1940: Auxiliary MS HMAS GOOLGWAI and Minesweeping Group 50 - Argus Collection, SLV.
2831. A rare photo, but one of a series, showing the Auxiliary minesweepers of the Sydney-based Minesweeping Group 50 at work. The photographs have been taken by the Argus newspaper in 1940, almost certainly in response to the sinking by mines of the British freighter SS CAMBRIDGE, and the American CITY OF RAYVILLE, in Victorian coastal waters in early November that year.
This photo is a companion to pic NO. 1286, where notes give greater detail on those sinkings. It can be found here:
Due to wartime restrictions the ships are not identified here, and identifying hull letters have been obscured. However, we will say that the most visible ship coming up astern in centre-picture is the 271 tons gross former trawler HMAS GOOLGWAI, requisitioned from Sydney's Red Funnel Trawlers Ltd.
See pic NO. 3542 concerning HMAS GOOLGWAI - the ship in this photo - here:
Photo: The Argus Newspaper Collection, State Library of Victoria [La Trobe Library] Image NO. an007964, Accession Number H98.105/2963. Copyright expired, this usage allowed.