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Thursday 3rd Sept 1914

proceeded with the fleet towards port Moresby 9am passed Cooktown. 2 pm passed through Cook passages & cleared the Barrier reefs & shaped course for port Moresby. Troops drilled as usual.

Friday 4 Sept 1914

AM. proceed towards port Moresby. Troops drilled as usual and getting into good form. 7 pm anchored in port Moresby.

Saturday 5th Sept 1914

6 am left the port & proceeded towards the inner anchorage Fairfax harbour. to coal ships. 9 pm pilot Bruce left ship and returned to Sydney, his services no longer required. S.S. "Kanowna" Transport with 600 queensland troops came alongside. These were all raw recruits, poorly fed, poorly drilled & discontented, not suitable for active service.

Sunday 6th  Sept. 1914

at anchor in fairfax Harbour in company of fleet & steamships. 11 am held Divine Service onboard the Chaplain from H.M.S. "Sydney" conducting same. Short but impressive. 6.30 am "Kanowna" left ship & anchor in stream our boys gave her three cheers. (Good bye queensland see you in Russia)

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