Historical items associated with Operation Jaywick have been added to the National Maritime Collection.
The Australian National Maritime Museum has welcomed a collection of historical objects associated with Lieutenant Hubert Edward ‘Ted’ Carse and Operation Jaywick — an allied commando raid against Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour in September 1943.
The items, which were recently sold at an auction in London, include a faux Japanese flag, medals and a knife.
The objects were purchased with the support of the Commonwealth government via the National Cultural Heritage Account and Museum Foundation, aided by the generosity of the families of Ted Carse's brothers.
Operation Jaywick, which was a joint Special Operations Executive/Royal Australian Navy mission, was the only wholly successful mission of its type to be carried out during the Second World War.
Carse, who was the commander of MV Krait, was responsible for safely delivering and extracting six covert operatives.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the artefacts would help advance the nation’s understanding of the past.
“This is an opportunity not only to preserve, but also to showcase objects of historical significance that reflect Australia’s experience in the Second World War,” he said.
Museum director and CEO Kevin Sumption added: “These are objects which needed to remain in Australia and will now be added to the National Maritime Collection to form an important part of the Krait narrative.
“The objects are historically significant physical representations of the heroism of our forces in World War II. They will join other iconic objects from the Krait and Operation Jaywick in the collection.”
Sumption thanked the government and the families of Ted Carse's brothers for the contribution.
The MV Krait is on loan to the Maritime Museum from the Australian War Memorial.