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Sep 2019

Sydney Presentation – RAN Participation in Gulf War 1990-91

Tue 24 Sep, 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chatswood RSL, Sydney, 446 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood, New South Wales 2067 Australia
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Our evening presentation on the evening of 24 September will be by the President, David Michael, on the Royal Australian Navy Involvement in the Gulf War 1990 – 1991. Following the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq on 2 August 1990 the Australian Government response was participation with 29 other countries in a multinational force to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions. Australian Defence personnel, primarily from the RAN were deployed between August 1990 and September 1991. This presentation will focus…

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Oct 2019

Technology and the Battle of the Atlantic Part 2

Mon 28 Oct, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
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This month our Speaker is LCDR Roger Buxton RCN.(Ret) In August Roger presented Part One of his illustrated address-  Technology and the Battle of the Atlantic, and we look forward with great anticipation to enjoying Part Two on the 28th.In part one we were fascinated to view  the various film clips, maps etc. Not only did we learn of the difficulties the allies faced during this close run battle, but Roger told us of the problems the Germans faced as…

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Dec 2019

Naval Historical Society – Victoria Annual Christmas Function

Fri 6 Dec, 2019, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Waverley RSL, 161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
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Date: Friday 6th December 2019. (Please note the change of date. Hopefully we haven’t inconvenienced too many of our members.) Time: 1830 for 1900 Venue: Sunset Room, Waverley RSL. The RSL have advised that the capacity for the room is 100 diners, so we urge you to reserve your booking ASAP. Guest of Honour: Chief of Navy, VADM Mike Noonan AO RAN Annual Christmas Raffle: Prizes include homemade Christmas cake (meticulously crafted by our very own Lynda Gilbert). 20 prizes…

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Feb 2020

The Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour.

Tue 18 Feb, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Chatswood RSL, Sydney, 446 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood, New South Wales 2067 Australia
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There are many myths about the impact of the Japanese midget submarine attack on Sydney. The bloke who bought a harbourside house in Rose Bay for twenty-five quid? People were afraid there’d be an invasion, and they couldn’t get rid of waterfront houses fast enough. A mate of my uncle’s got an amazing house in Rose Bay for twenty-five quid. You’ve heard this story before? It’s one of the most enduring urban myths of all time. For the record, NOBODY…

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‘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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