What we do

"To promote and uphold the history, prestige and traditions of Naval service and to preserve Australia's naval history."


The Society maintains an archive of media on Australian naval history. If you have any historical naval documents, we'd love to hear from you - confidentiality assured.

Library and publishing

The Society maintains a library of works on Australian naval history. We sponsor the CoMAN project  to catalogue material on Australian naval history, and we have a pool of our own published works


We currently publish 3 periodicals.

  • The Buzz - an informal newsletter distributed to members, the Buzz details coming events and items of topical historical interest.
  • The Naval Historical Review - The Review has been published quarterly to members since 1970. It contains personal recollections, anecdotes, book reviews and articles on wide-ranging subjects including naval operations, events and engagements. The Review is available to members only and is included in the annual membership subscription - more details about subscriptions.

Website - www.navyhistory.org.au

Our website is an important way for the public to learn about the Society and to access our work.

The online database is a guide and research tool and is compiled from authenticated Australian naval records and archives in Australia and oversea. It also includes a number of previously unknown and unpublished works

Garden Island Guided Tours

The Society operates guided tours of the "Garden Island Historical Precinct". We have more information about tours.