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- June 2008 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
Peter James AM served as ADC to Governor General Field Marshall Sir William Slim. He was Director of RAN Staff College, DG Service Conditions and supervised the Seaman Category restructure.
Michael Rayment mentions 28 years in 12 ships, three as NO, three as XO and five as Captain. Whilst Captain of HMAS Torrens and Escort to Britannia his claim to fame was to receive a `bollocking’ from the Sovereign for not warning her of sea conditions in Bass Strait.
John Waller’s father was Captain of HMAS Perth at its sinking and the submarine HMAS Waller is named after the Captain. John became an electronics wizard and had much to do with the achievements of Mulloka sonar.
Alun Evans who played a role in the production of this special book says his career was much ‘like a curate’s egg’ – good in parts but to be fair sometimes not so good as he bounced between seaman general and aviation.
Readers of this unique book will appreciate the efforts of Alun Evans, Ian Knox and John Waller who put it all together. They have produced an interesting, educational and fascinating book which makes a significant contribution to the spellbinding history of the RAN and its people as it tells the stories and traces the evolution of one group of special young men from ‘Flinders’. It was a pleasure to read this book.