The Country class ships were part of a five year navy program that started in 1924. They were designed by Sir E. H. Tennyson d'Eyncourt.
The HMAS Australia and HMAS Canberra were built for the Australian Navy.
There was a single catapult to launch the aircraft carried aboard the Country class cruisers.
The 8" guns could elevate 70°.
The torpedoes were oxygen enriched Mk VII torpedoes.