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Title: Robert Allan Jeffs
Name: Jeffs, Paul
My Story: Robert Allan Jeffs volunteered for war service with the R.A.N.V.R on 9/9/1941, enlisting at Port Adelaide. He did training at FLINDERS NAVAL DEPOT, before being drafted to Darwin and H.M.A.S Southern Cross 27th Jun ~ 1942. His rank was ordinary seaman. R.A. Jeffs had previously been in Darwin 11 years earlier as a young boy when his father H.E. Jeffs was storeman for the railways. It is believed Robert (Bob) was based in Darwin until at least September 1943. During his posting Bob witnessed bombing raids and did coastal runs on the Southern Cross. On 28th July 1942, H.M.A.S Southern Cross along with H.M.A.S Chi nampa left Darwin bound for the Dutch East Indies. The ships were to land soldiers at Saumluki on the island of Pulau Yamdena. Unfortunately Japanese soldiers were already there, and people on both sides were killed. The 2 ships made it back to Darwin, while evading the Japanese navy and airforce. Bob rarely spoke about the war, and like most service personell, the war affected him deeply. Bob died at Murray Bridge South Australia on 19/2/1988 aged 66.
Use and Restrictions: StoryNT Agreement
Place: Darwin
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Able_Seaman_R_A_Jeffs.tifAble Seaman R. A. (Bob) Jeffs, 1942.54.44 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Aborigine_Girhalla.tifAboriginal at Girhalla, 1942.47.47 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Aborigines_Bathurst_Island.tifAborigines at Bathurst Island, 1942.31.66 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Bomb_crater_Darwin.tifBomb crater Darwin, 1942.46.02 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Boom_nets_Darwin_Harbour.tifBooms nets Darwin Harbour 1942.48.9 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Catalina_landing.tifCatalina landing, Darwin Harbour, 1942.48.74 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Catalina_taking_off.tifCatalina taking off Darwin Harbour, 1942.52.15 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Catholic_Church_Bathurst_Island.tifCatholic Church Bathurst Island, 1942.50.9 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Closeup_of_outdoor_Cinema.tifCloseup of Jeffs family at the Outdoor Cinema, 1928.48.54 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Darwin_Harbour.tifDarwin Harbour from H.M.A.S Southern Cross, 1942.48.26 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Darwin_Harbour_1942.tifDarwin Harbour 194248.31 MBTIFFThumbnail
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HMAS_Southern_Cross.tifH.M.A.S Southern Cross in Apsley Strait - Bathurst and Melville Islands 1942.48.21 MBTIFFThumbnail
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HMAS_Southern_Cross_camaflouged.tifH.M.A.S. Southern Cross camaflouged, 1942. Apsley Strait.48.37 MBTIFFThumbnail
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HMAS_Southern_Cross_in_Apsley_Strait.tifH.M.A.S. Southern Cross in Apsley Strait, 1942.52.15 MBTIFFThumbnail
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HMAS_Southern_Cross_nose_diving.tifH.M.A.S. Southern Cross nose diving, 1942. Arafura Sea.49.6 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Horace_Edgar_Jeffs.tifHorace Edgar (Jim) Jeffs. Storeman for Railways Darwin 1927-30.49 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Inside_Catholic_Church_bathurst_Island.tifInside the Catholic Church at Bathurst Island, 1942.48.2 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Jeffs_children.tifJeffs Children Railway Hill Darwin. L to R. Richard, Margaret, James and Robert, 1928.50.79 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Jeffs_children_Darwin.tifChildren outside the Jeffs's house Railway Hill Darwin, 1928.49.02 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Lt_Brokenshire.tifLt. Brokenshire on H.M.A.S. Southern Cross, 1942.48.05 MBTIFFThumbnail
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LT_Brokenshire_on_Southern_Cross.tifLt. Brokenshire on the deck of the H.M.A.S. Southern Cross, 1942, Darwin.47.97 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Milking_goats_Girhalla.tifMilking goats at Girhalla, 1942.48.48 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Neptuna.tifNeptuna sunk alongside the Wharf at Darwin, 1942.48.41 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Neptuna_Darwin.tifNeptuna sunk alongside wharf at Darwin, 1942.52.24 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Neptuna_Darwin_Harbour.tifNeptuna Darwin Harbour, 1942.48.41 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Oil_tanks_on_fire_Darwin.tifOil tanks on fire Darwin, 1942. Taken from deck of H.M.A.S Southern Cross by R. A. Jeffs.51.35 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Oil_tanks_1942.tifOil tanks on fire Darwin, 1942. Taken from deck of H.M.A.S Southern Cross by R. A. Jeffs.49.4 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Oil_tanks_on_fire.tifOil tanks on fire Darwin, 1942. Taken from deck of H.M.A.S Southern Cross by R. A. Jeffs.50.97 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Outdoor_Cinema.tifDarwin 1928, Jeffs family 4th row from front46.89 MBTIFFThumbnail
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RA_Jeffs_and_Pincher_Martin.tifR. A. Jeffs and Pincher Martin in an aboriginal canoe Darwin, 1942.49.6 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Robert_Allan_Jeffs_Adelaide.tifR. A. (Bob) Jeffs in his garden, Adelaide ANZAC Day 1987.48.69 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Robert_Jeffs_Highlander.tifRobert Jeffs dressed as Highlander. St. Josephs School fancy dress Darwin, 1929.46.66 MBTIFFThumbnail
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Unloading_Stores.tifUnloading stoes on Bathurst Island, 1942. Lt Strath in forground.49.12 MBTIFFThumbnail
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