HMS Chatham at Great Barrier Island January 1921


From history of HMS Chatham

At 9.00pm on 17 January the ship weighed anchor and proceeded on the last leg of the journey to New Zealand.  Once again the weather was bad and the sea rough, which continued until the ship anchored in Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island at 11.00am on 22 January.  There the ship’s company were employed painting and cleaning the ship until 9.00am on Monday 26 January 1921 when anchor was again weighed and Chatham sailed for Auckland, berthing on Calliope Wharf at 3.00pm.  Admiral Jellicoe, the Governor General was the first to board the ship, being welcomed by three cheers from the officers and ship’s company and a salute of 19 guns, fired by HMS Veronica which was also alongside.  Once the Governor General had departed Prime Minister Massey came aboard to welcome the ship on behalf of the Government.


From the Chumley diary – serving aboard the cruiser HMS Chatham that was sent to New Zealand in 1920 to serve as the flagship for the NZ Division of the Royal Navy.

Saturday 22 January 1920

Arrived in sight of New Zealand at last. Went into Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island about 11 am. A fine harbour just like a Scotch Loch. Slept. Tea. Walked on deck. Dinner. A boat load of New Zealand girls came alongside and came down into the wardroom and danced.
(Kindly supplied by the RNZN Museum)