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An anchor and obelisk commemorate the naming of town of Glossop in 1921 after Vice Admiral John Collings Glossop  who was the Commander of H.M.A.S. Sydney in the Battle of Cocos during World War One.

On 9 November 1914,  H.M.A.S. Sydney was detailed to leave the convoy to investigate reports of an unknown vessel off the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This vessel turned out to be the German cruiser SMS Emden. In the resulting engagement, H.M.A.S. Sydney was hit early by the long-ranging 10.5 cm guns of Emden, which resulted in four dead and twelve wounded.

However, the superior firepower of the Australian cruiser’s broadside soon told and Emden was left “beached and done for” on North Keeling Island with the loss of 131 men. 


Address:Anderson Terrace, Glossop, 5344
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.270108
Long: 140.529365
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 19th August, 1978
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Proclaimed August 1921

Named in commemoration  of Vice-Admiral J. C. Glossop, CB, RN

Who served with distinction as Commander of HMAS Sydney in the Battle of Cocos Island

9th November 1914

Unveiled by Mayor H. A. Bosman

19th August 1978

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