ID Title Body Photo
5858 The Emden Whistle

Originally fitted to the SMS EMDEN, a WWI German light cruiser (built 1908, 3,600 tons), the Emden was disabled and beached on North Keeling Island on November 9th, 1914 after having engaged the Australian light cruiser HMAS SYDNEY (built 1912, 5,400 tons) in a 1-1/2 hour battle.
In 1915, the whistle was salvaged from the Emden's wreck, and was obtained by Sir John Monash, first Chairman & General Manager of the SECV during 1918 (after cessation of hostilities). For many years, it was sounded at Yallourn for the start and finish of work.

The Emden Whistle is currently housed at the Old Gippstown Museum.