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Feb 2020

‘Centaur’ – death of a hospital ship

Mon 24 Feb, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
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When the Japanese submarine I-177 torpedoed and sank the Australian hospital ship Centaur 'in May 1943,268 crew, doctors, nurses and orderlies were killed. The event shocked the Australian Nation and the world, generating a massive surge of resentment against the Japanese. In this DVD presentation compiled by Author and Historian Tony Matthews ,Ph D,  we learn the true story of the sinking  through the eyes, the words and the memories of the only people who can do justice to this…

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Mar 2020

Reminiscences of my Naval career – A lecture with Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths

Sat 7 Mar, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
City of Sydney RSL, Goulburn Room, Level 4, 561-567 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Rear Admiral Guy R Griffiths AO DSO DSC RAN (Ret) is one of Australia’s most distinguished military leaders, having served in the Royal Australian Navy – with stints in the Royal Navy – from enlistment as a Cadet Midshipman in 1937, aged 13, to retirement as Rear Admiral in 1980. During this lecture, Rear Admiral Griffiths will reminisce about his first hand experiences of the terrors and triumphs of naval life. In World War II he was one of the…

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The Last Gentlemen of War

Mon 16 Mar, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5.00

The Naval Historical Society (WA Chapter) is hosting this talk to be given by Commodore Bob Trotter, OAM, (RAN, Retired). Visitors are welcomed. The admission charge is $5 pp to cover refreshments. Queries to Roy Stall, Secretary, NHSA (WA), 0419 042 468"

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The Loss and Finding of AE1

Wed 18 Mar, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Combined Services Club, Level 3, 5/7 Barrack Street
Sydney, NSW
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Naval Historical Society of Australia Members Presentation Subject:                               The Loss and Finding of AE1. Location:                             Combined Services Club, 5/7 Barrack Street, Sydney, Level 3. (Close to Wynyard) Timing:                                 10.30 am to 12.00 noon RSVP Not required:        However, it does help if you phone or email the Society. E-mail: secretary@navyhistory.org.au, Phone: 93592372   Synopsis AE1 was the RAN’s first submarine. Commissioned in England on 28th February 1914 and arriving in Sydney on 24th May 1914 to a tumultuous…

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230th Anniversary of HMS Sirius wrecking on Norfolk Island

Thu 19 Mar

Events to recognize the 230th Anniversary of the wrecking of HMS Sirius will be held on Norfolk Island in March 2020. There will be a week of events with special guest presenter Professor Graham Seal, author of Great Convict Stories and Professor of Folklore at Curtin University. Graham will spotlight many extraordinary happenings and convicts, possibly including those who lived throughout this tumultuous event.  Other presenters are history and folklore specialists Don and Sue Brian, who have uniquely collected the stories,…

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Specialist ships made in Australia – How?

Fri 27 Mar, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
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In November, a number of us attended an exhibition entitled 'Specialist Ships Made in Australia, How?' and consequently we invited Leigh Webster of 'Offshore and Specialist Ships Australia' to speak to us on March 27.The exhibition was based on three shipping themes, 'Offshore Oil and Gas', our RAN and Antarctica. Our Navy has enjoyed a long  history  maintaining maritime security to critical offshore infrastructure in Bass Strait and the RAN Hydro-graphic Survey Ships provide a vital service to our nation.…

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Jul 2020

HM BARK ENDEAVOUR

Tue 21 Jul, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online

You will all be familiar with the voyages by this ship under captain James Cook. However the ship had a life after those voyages. People are often interested to know what was her last voyage. What happened to her at the end of her life? Come along and hear Gillian Lewis explain her life after Cook and how she finished up involved in the American civil war and the expedition to find the wreck and bring closure to this important…

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War in the Pacific, Indian and South Atlantic Oceans in 1914

Wed 22 Jul, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Online

A free Webinar via Zoom hosted by the Australian Naval Institute (ANI). The webinar is open to all members of the ANI and to any interested members of the public. Admission is free, but registration is required. Date: Wednesday 22 July 2020 Time: 12.30 Presenter: LCDR Desmond Woods, RAN More Information:         https://navalinstitute.com.au/ani-webinar-war-in-the-pacific-1914/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ani-e-newsletter-no-269-2-feb-2020_119 Bookings:                         https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=640017&    

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Aug 2020

Identifying Friend or Foe – The Hilfskruezers

Tue 25 Aug, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom meeting

Presented by Commodore Bob Trotter OAM RAN Retired To join this Zoom meeting just click on the following link 5 to 10 minutes before the presentation. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82854830442 Meeting ID: 828 5483 0442

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Sep 2020

HMAS AUSTRALIA (I) – THE FORGOTTEN FLAGSHIP: A Zoom Presentation

Tue 15 Sep, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Zoom meeting

Presented by Karim (Kez) Hasanic. To join this Zoom meeting just click on the following link 5 to 10 minutes before the presentation. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86565070600 Background HMAS AUSTRALIA (I) - THE FORGOTTEN FLAGSHIP On a beautiful sunny day in October 1913 the flagship of our new navy, HMAS Australia, a dreadnought battlecruiser and the most powerful warship in the southern hemisphere led the fleet into Sydney Harbour for the first time. Crowds lined the shores, children were given the day off…

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