Emden Gun Monument

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This war memorial is a 4" ships gun from the German raider Emden, which was sunk by HMAS Sydney in the First World War. The gun is mounted on a sandstone plinth, surrounded by a low iron fence. The plinth is inscribed with an honour roll of 22 names, which are divided into those who were killed in action, wounded, or received the Distinguished Service Medal. 

The war trophy was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, R. D. Meagher, on 21 December 1917. The well-attended event was reported in The Daily Telegraph the following day. In his address, the Lord Mayor said:

We are assembled today to participate in an historic function—to unveil a trophy of war, won by the youngest navy in the world under circumstances which bring a thrill of pride and gratification to all true Australians and faithful sons of Empire that the young Australian navy is worthy to rank with the great and glorious parent—the British Navy—not only in courage, seamanship, and devotion to duty, but also in mercy and magnanimity extended to a beaten foe. 

The memorial is located in the south-east corner of Hyde Park South, facing in the direction of Oxford Street.



This monument
was erected by
the Municipal Council of Sydney
to commemorate the destruction of the German raider “Emden” 
H.M.A.S. Sydney
commanded by Captain John C. T. Glossop R.N. 
in the naval action off Cocos Island on the 9th November 1914
The monument being unveiled on the 21st December 1917 
The Right Hon. R. D. Meagher M.L.C.
Lord Mayor of Sydney
W. C Layton
Deputy Town Clerk
Thomas H. Nesbitt
Town Clerk
R.H. Brodrick 
Architect and City Building Surveyor

Left side

This monument is surmounted by a 4″ Gun taken 
from the German raider “Emden” destroyed by H.M.A.S. Sydney 
A gift from the Commonwealth Government to the
citizens of Sydney.

Right side

Killed in action
Received Distinguished Service Medal 


List of Officers on board H.M.A.S Sydney on the occasion 
of the destruction of S.M.S Emden on 9th
November 1914.  

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Hyde Park South
Cnr Liverpool and College Streets
Sydney NSW 2000
Local Government Area
  • Sydney, City of
  • Garden/park
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • War trophy
Recorded by
Matthew Holle
Year of construction
Established Date format: 
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Dedication date
21 December 1917
  • First World War, 1914–18
  • Metal
  • Sandstone