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A Deed for the Empire single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1915... 1915 A Deed for the Empire
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A civilian steamer working the Indian Ocean routes goes out of their way to alert transport troops to the presence of a German raider in the area.


  • The German raider that is the villain of this story is the SMS Emden, destroyed by the Australian ship HMS Sydney at the Battle of Cocos on 9 November 1914; the story ends with a reminder about the Emden's fate. The story also notes the damage that the Emden's successes would have on enlistment in Australia, making this the first truly nationalistic of Parsons's war stories.

    The fate of the SMS Emden became a popular topic for Australian writers throughout 1915, including two films.

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Leader 16 January 1915 Z778539 1915 periodical issue 1915 pg. 46-47
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  • Indian Ocean - Africa, Africa,
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