Skip to main content

Rights Managed > STEAM Museum of the GWR > The Railway at War > Second World War

Australian officers and sailors on a visit to Swindon Works, 1945

Australian officers and sailors on a visit to Swindon Works, 1945


Please Click On A License Option

Intended Use

Filename: 113.jpg

Size: 3052 x 2196 (791KB)

Date: 28th February 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

We accept all major credit cards


Image Downloads
Photo Prints
Jigsaw Puzzles
Poster Prints
Canvas Prints
Fine Art Prints
Metal Prints
Home Decor


STEAM Picture Gifts

STEAM Museum Photo Prints and Wall Art

Australian officers and sailors on a visit to Swindon Works, 1945

Officers and sailors from H.M.A.S Australia on a visit to Swindon Works on July 13th 1945 whilst their ship was docked at Plymouth awaiting repairs. Their ship was heavily involved in the war effort throughout South East Asia until she was forced to withdraw for repairs in early 1945. She arrived at Plymouth on July 2nd 1945 for a major refit and remained there until December of that year. With up to 6 months in port while their ship was undergoing repair the group of Australian soldiers, pictured here continuing their tour around Swindon Works, presumably had plenty of time to tour sites of interest around Britain. The impressive building in the background of this image is the Pattern Store which housed the GWRs thousands of component patterns

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 19938939

Swindon Works World War 2


FEATURES IN THESE COLLECTIONS

> Places > Docks > Other Docks

> The Railway at War > Second World War

> Swindon Works


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures a momentous visit by Australian officers and sailors to Swindon Works in 1945. Hailing from the H. M. A. S Australia, these brave men found themselves docked at Plymouth for much-needed repairs after their ship played a crucial role in the war effort across South East Asia. Arriving on July 2nd, they eagerly explored the wonders of Swindon Works on July 13th while their vessel underwent an extensive refit that would last until December. With up to six months in port, these Australian soldiers had ample time to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Britain. As depicted in this image, they embarked on a tour around Swindon Works, undoubtedly marveling at its impressive architecture. The grand edifice standing tall behind them is none other than the Pattern Store - home to thousands of component patterns belonging to GWR (Great Western Railway). In this snapshot frozen in time, we glimpse not only the camaraderie shared among these servicemen but also their unwavering spirit amidst adversity. Their visit serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during World War II and highlights the global impact of conflict.

MADE IN THE USA
Safe Shipping with 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

FREE PERSONALISATION*
We are proud to offer a range of customisation features including Personalised Captions, Color Filters and Picture Zoom Tools

FREE COLORIZATION SERVICE
You can choose advanced AI Colorization for this picture at no extra charge!

SECURE PAYMENTS
We happily accept a wide range of payment options so you can pay for the things you need in the way that is most convenient for you

* Options may vary by product and licensing agreement. Zoomed Pictures can be adjusted in the Basket.

lightbox add My Lightbox




Related Images


Swindon Works Map, c. 1940s
Swindon Works Map, c. 1940s
Australian Navy on locomotive No. 6021 King Richard II, 1945
Australian Navy on locomotive No. 6021 King Richard II, 1945
Castle Class locomotive No. 4087, Cardigan Castle at Swindon Works, 1929
Castle Class locomotive No. 4087, Cardigan Castle at Swindon Works, 1929
View of Swindon Works, c1930s
View of Swindon Works, c1930s
Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, 1928
Men leaving Swindon Works, Rodbourne Road entrance, 1928
6in. naval guns on display on Macaw B wagons at Swindon Works c. 1915
6in. naval guns on display on Macaw B wagons at Swindon Works c. 1915
No 6000 King George V at Swindon Works
No 6000 King George V at Swindon Works
View of Swindon Works, c1980s
View of Swindon Works, c1980s
Drawing Office Staff, 1899
Drawing Office Staff, 1899
Staircase and Main Entrance, 28th January 1970
Staircase and Main Entrance, 28th January 1970
View of Swindon Works, 1982
View of Swindon Works, 1982
Swindon Works Drawing Office, c. 1959
Swindon Works Drawing Office, c. 1959