Third instalment on Harman history

Published on ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (author and photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Harman, Naval Heritage and History

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Annette Nelson, RAN, and Commodore Peter Laver, RAN, at the launch of LCDR Nelson's book 'HMAS Harman 1943-2013'. (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)
Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Annette Nelson, RAN, and Commodore Peter Laver, RAN, at the launch of LCDR Nelson's book 'HMAS Harman 1943-2013'.

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Annette Nelson launched her third book on the history of HMAS Harman last week.

The book, ‘HMAS Harman 1943-2013 – A history of HMAS Harman and its people’ was launched after the memorial service for the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS).

LCDR Nelson said focussing on the human aspect and personal aspects, was an important part of the book.

“I love reading the stories about real people doing their jobs. This project has given me that opportunity; it really brought Harman alive for me and I hope it does that for other people”.

Lieutenant Commander Annette Nelson, RAN, signs a copy of her book 'HMAS Harman 1943-2013' for Commander Les Roberts, RAN, at the book's launch on 19 October, 2013.

Lieutenant Commander Annette Nelson, RAN, signs a copy of her book 'HMAS Harman 1943-2013' for Commander Les Roberts, RAN, at the book's launch on 19 October, 2013.

Many of those who were present at the Memorial Service contributed to the stories within the book.

“Out of the blue I get emails and letters with stories from the past and I never know what they will contain - many of the older ex-members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and WRANS send me their photos as their family aren't interested,” said LCDR Nelson.

“These I pass onto the ‘Sea Power Centre’ to add to their collection.”

LCDR Nelson wrote her first book in 1993 for the 50th Anniversary of Harman. In 2003, she published her second and her third commemorates HMAS Harman’s 70th anniversary.

LCDR Nelson believes it is important to record the history of ships and establishments.

“Unless the history is recorded in a durable way, it will be forgotten,” LCDR Nelson lamented.

Copies of the book can be requested at no cost from Commanding Officer Secretary Harman.