- A.N. Other
- Ship histories and stories
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- RAN Ships
- HMAS Canberra I, HMAS Shropshire
- June 1989 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
On the 4th April, 1989,a delightful ceremony took place in the precincts of the Naval Museum on Garden Island, Sydney, in the presentation of much treasured naval memorabilia. Firstly, a beautiful coloured painting by artist Mr. John Speers was presented to Captain L.M. Hinchliffe, DSC, RAN, (Ret) as President of The Naval Historical Society of Australia by Mr Dave Birrell, Secretary of the HMAS Canberra/Shropshire Association of N.S.W.
Also included was a personal gift by Mr Dave Birrell of a framed photograph of the cruiser Shropshire shown while still serving in the Royal Navy and then after the ship had been commissioned in to the Royal Australian Navy, and uniquely bearing the signatures of the three wartime commanders; Captain(s) J.A. Collins, C.A.G. Nicholls and H.A. Showers.
The Director of the Museum, Mr L.J. Lind, then accepted the two items for display in the Museum, and supportive at the time were Mr John C. Date and Mr Des Hagan, both ex Shropshire members of the N.H.S.o f A. and Hon. Curators at the Museum.