The Story of the World’s First Guided Missile

When: Monday, 27 March 2017 at 6:30 pm

Where: Waverley RSL,161 Coleman Parade,Glen Waverley (Melways 71C2)

Our speaker will be Major-General Mike O’Brien, CSC, BSc (Mil), MDef/Admin

The Brennan Torpedo was indeed “the world’s first practical guided missile” and was invented by the Australian Louis Brennan between 1874-1877,and was patented by him in 1877.

Mike is a Member of ‘The History Team’ of Speakers and has previously shared with us his abiding interest in Military History in general. Mike had a very interesting career in the Army, but these days he is often found afloat, being on the Speaker’s circuit in cruise ships, and enjoying sharing his knowledge with the passengers. The Brennan Torpedo story is a tale of how Australian know-how and tenacity successfully overcame all obstacles, to become a standard harbour defence throughout the British Empire for more than 15 years.

All welcome

The 'Warramunga Restaurant' opens at 5.30 pm and a number of us will take the opportunity of enjoying a nice meal, plus a few drinks before the meeting. Know that you are very welcome to join us! Our actual meeting is in the well appointed 'Sunset room'.

We of the NHS are a friendly bunch of folk and there is a warm welcome awaiting you should you care to join us. The meeting is open to kindred Naval organisations, the general public at large, and the Waverley RSL community.


The Waverley RSL is conveniently situated opposite the station in Glen Waverley. The car park is free, but you need to display a ticket on your dashboard.

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