Great White Fleet Centenary Ball
The Centre was proud to support the Great White Fleet Centenary Ball at the Art Gallery of NSW.
The Great White Fleet consisted of sixteen white, modern American battleships, manned by 14,000 sailors. The fleet was sent on a 14-month voyage around the world by President Theodore Roosevelt, entering Sydney Harbour on 20 August, 1908. Crowds of between 400,000 and 600,000 turned out to welcome the fleet to Sydney. A number of events, from balls, sports days, city parades, and concerts were held in honour of the visit.
In support of this 100-year anniversary, American and Australian Navy ships reenacted the visit to Sydney, Melbourne and Albany and a number of events were scheduled, including the Centenary Ball.
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