Item 03 : General William Holmes Papers regarding capitulation, September-October 1914 - Page 21
To the Admiral of the Australian Fleet
In the name of the officials taken prisoner I have honour to protest against our being kept prisoner, in opposition to the common law of nations.
1 We do not belong to the armed forces We were forbidden by the Governor to
employ offer any armed resistance.
2 We offered no resistance of any sort
3 We were ordered to go to the Government, went there and were immediately seized and taken prisoners
4 There is every chance of losses of private property. Yesterday as it is several things were stolen