Item 03 : General William Holmes Papers regarding capitulation, September-October 1914 - Page 138
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."
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