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At 8-10 p.m. on the 9th October the following message was received from Thursday Island.

At 8-10 p.m. on 9th October following message was received from Navy, Melbourne:-

"Thursday Island heard signals in German plain language, 4-45 am, 7th Octr., reporting that "Australia" and all large Men-o'-war had left Rabaul going Eastward.  Did you hear this signal and can you estimate where it was made from?.

Reply despatched at 9-30 p.m.

"Message not intercepted here;  Station believed to be working Tawanakus Bay.  Expedition has been despatched."

[See reply page 137]

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