Item 10: General William Holmes diary, 23 August 1914-22 February 1915 - Page 4
Saturday - 22nd August 1914:
Company training was carried out until noon, at which time an inspection of the ship was made by the Brigadier and Captain (Commander Stevenson). No training was done during the afternoon, but, following the usual custom of the Navy when at sea, an opportunity was afforded the men for washing their clothes and repairing same.
At 4-30 p.m. a lecture on "Fire Direction and Control" was delivered by the Brigade Major (Major Heritage) to all Officers on the ship.
At 8-0 p.m. a Concert was held on the Well Deck Aft under the supervision of W.O. Wilkinson, Brigade Sgt. Major.
During the day vaccination against Small-pox of all men requiring to be treated was carried out by the P.M.O.
This morning Lieut.-Col. Watson reported that on the previous day a box containing spare parts belonging to one of the machine guns had been removed from the Isolation Hospital, where all this equipment was stored. The place was not kept locked because of a patient being in the Hospital, where all this equipment was stored. The place was not kept locked because of a patient being in the Hospital, but a sentry had been placed over the equipment. This sentry reported that a man in uniform (whom he did not know) came to him saying he had been sent for the box; he believed him and allowed him to remove the same. Col. Watson stated that a very thorough search had been made but without success. The search was, however, being continued.
About 9-0 p.m. the Brigade Major informed me that a plan had been found by one of the men in the aft latrine, showing the arrangements for flooding the magazine of the ship. This circumstance, together with the incident of the machine gun box, raised suspicion that all was not right. After consultation with the Naval Captain in Charge, I decided to increase the sentries, and the Navy people placed a sentry on each gun so as to prevent any interference with the 'Sights' or other removable parts.
At mid-night the Ship had sailed 284 nautical miles, plus 54 under Local Pilot, making a grand total of 338 nautical miles from moorings in Moreton Bay.