An interpretative street sign describing the naming of the street after a ship. Located near the RSL building.
PERSIC was built in 1899 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage of 11973grt, a length of 565ft, a beam of 63ft 4in and a service speed of 13.5 knots. Sister of the Afric, she was launched on 7 September 1899, handed over on 16 November and commenced her maiden voyage to Sydney on 7 December.
On her first voyage she carried 500 troops to Cape Town to participate in the Boer War. At Cape Town her rudder stock broke and she had to wait there until a replacement was shipped out from Harland & Wolff's. When the voyage resumed in 1900 she repatriated wounded and sick Australian troops and on 26 October of that year she rescued the crew of the burning schooner Madura. During 1917-1919 she operated with the Medic under the Liner Requisition Scheme and in September 1918 was torpedoed by UB-87 off Sicily, but managed to reach port safely. She returned to White Star in 1920 and was immediately refitted and modernised. In 1926 she was refitted at Govan but due to unrepairable engine wear she eventually left Liverpool on 26 September on her final voyage before being laid up. On 7 July 1927 she was sold for £25,000 and left the Mersey for Hendrik ido Ambacht in Holland where she was broken up.
City of Canterbury
PERSIC STREET BELFIELD
The War Service Homes Commission, established to provide houses for World War I returned servicemen, acquired a large part of the Great Central Railway Estate in Belmore (now Belfield) in 1920. In Commission estates, the streets were often named after war themes associated with Australia's role in World War I, including Persic, Mena and Bazentin Streets.
The Persic was a ship which transported Australian troops to the European battlefields in World War I.
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