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Oct 2018

The Successful Search for AE 1 – Vic Chapter

Mon 22 Oct, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
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The Find  A E 1 Ltd search for HMAS AE1 in December 2017 and the follow up examination of the wreck in early 2018 with MV Fugro Equator and MV Petrel respectively! Captain Ken Greig served in our RAN for 25 years from 1971.He was Engineer Officer of the Oberon Class Submarines Onslow and Ovens  before ‘surfacing’ in the landing ship HMAS Tobruk.He was Project Officer Officer for refits on Cockatoo Island; Submarin and  Squadron Engineer based at HMAS Platypus…

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ROYAL UNITED SERVICES INSTITUTE – October Lecture

Tue 30 Oct, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mitchell Theatre (Level 1) Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Speaker: Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM RAN Commander Australian Fleet Subject: Protecting Australia’s Sea Routes Rear Admiral Mead assumed the position of Commander Australian Fleet on 19 January 2018. He graduated from the Royal Australian Naval College in 1986 with a Diploma of Applied Science. He specialised in Mine Clearance Diving and Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and after serving as Executive Officer of Clearance Diving Team One, he undertook Principal Warfare Officer (ASW) training. A succession of warfare postings then followed,…

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Nov 2018

2018 Annual General Meeting of the Society

Tue 13 Nov, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chatswood RSL, Sydney, 446 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood, New South Wales 2067 Australia
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The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held in the Fisher Room of the Chatswood RSL Club, 446 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW  on Tuesday 13 November, commencing at 1100. Morning tea will be available before the meeting.   The Bistro is available for lunch on completion.

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Join us for our great year-end get-together – Vic Chapter

Mon 26 Nov, 2018, 6:30 pm
Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
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Celebrate with us the 'UNIT CITATION FOR GALLANTRY BEING AWARDED TO          THE RAN HELICOPTER FLIGHT VIETNAM' Waverley RSL 161 Coleman Parade Glen Waverley (Melways 71C3) In August this year, Members of the Royal Australian Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV) were presented with a unit citation for Gallantry at a ceremony held at  our Australian war Memorial in Canberra. Individual RANHFV members  had previously received high level honours, however, now the whole unit received recognition for their heroism and devotion to duty.…

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Feb 2019

Tobruk and Beyond, Presentation

Tue 19 Feb, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chatswood RSL, Sydney, 446 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood, New South Wales 2067 Australia
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Captain Albert Poland kept daily notebooks from mid-April 1941 until January 1943. Part of this period covered the entire Siege of Tobruk, which lasted for eight months, during which, as Senior Naval Officer Inshore Squadron, he was responsible for all the ships which supplied the besieged garrison with all their food, ammunition, fuel etc. When the siege ended he continued to assist the Army opening up ports as they advanced. In March 1942 he was appointed as Captain (D) of…

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Mar 2019

The Military History Society of NSW Presents: Sunk Warships, 1942: HMAS Perth & USS Houston

Sat 2 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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A lecture by Dr Natali Pearson, Sat 2 March 2019  The lightening advance of Japanese forces south to the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia) in 1942 spelt doom for two proud warships of the Allied navies.  Australia’s HMAS Perth and America’s USS Houston were attacked by Japanese destroyers and tragically sent to the bottom of the Sunda Strait separating Sumatra from Java.  In the decades since, these underwater wrecks have been the subject of expeditions, illegal salvaging and other cultural impacts,…

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‘Maritime English – what is it, and why, when, and how is it used?!

Thu 21 Mar, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lisle Court, Seminar Room, 57 Lisle Street
Mount Claremont, Western Australia 6010 Australia
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The speaker will be Roy Stall, who has been a teacher, tutor, and trainer of Maritime English for over ten years, especially in Japan and China. He will also talk about his personal experiences when teaching Maritime English in China and Japan.     Venue: Lisle Lodge, 57 Lisle Street, Mount Claremont; time 1400 hours.  All welcome, admission is $5 to cover expenses.

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Hear all about the major development works currently under way at HMAS Cerberus!!

Mon 25 Mar, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
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$463 MILLON DOLLARS WORTH!!!!! CMDR CAMERON EASTMAN OAM RANR ,THE CERBERUS REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT OFFICER, IS OUR SPEAKER AT OUR MEETING AT WAVERLEY RSL ON MARCH 25th. CMDR EASTMAN has previously been involved in the redevelopment of shore facilities at HMAS Albatross, Cairns, Cerberus Coonawarra, Stirling and the Naval Ammunitioning Facility at Eden, NSW. Cameron joined our RAN in 1980 as a Seaman officer and served in HMAS Paramatta, Stalwart and Attack. The Waverley RSL is conveniently situated opposite the station…

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Apr 2019

The International Military Writers’ Festival – Darwin

Fri 5 Apr - Sun 7 Apr

The International Military Writers’ Festival is a three-day festival running from 5-7 April 2019. The Festival will feature author talks, panel discussions and literary sessions bringing together writers, historians and researchers from around Australia to entertain, inform and inspire those with a passion for wartime history. The Writers’ Festival will open on Friday 5 April with an evening address, The Day Everything Changed, from Festival Ambassador Peter FitzSimons. With his trademark dry wit and sincere passion for history, Peter will…

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The meeting of Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin at Encounter Bay in April, 1802

Thu 18 Apr, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lisle Court, Seminar Room, 57 Lisle Street
Mount Claremont, Western Australia 6010 Australia
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This address will be given by Dr Robert Pearce, Vice President of the WA Chapter.   The location of this historic encounter is Encounter Bay which is a bay in South Australia located on the state's south central coast about 100 kilometres (62 mi) south of the state capital of Adelaide. It was named by Matthew Flinders after his encounter on 8 April 1802 with Nicolas Baudin, the commander of the Baudin expedition of 1800–03. It is the site of…

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