Arunta and Parramatta visit Melbourne

Published on LEUT Alan Clarke (author), LEUT Edwin Goh (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Location(s): Melbourne, VIC

Members of the HMAS Arunta Association stand with crew members of HMAS Arunta in front of HMA Ships Arunta and Parramatta, Station Pier, Melbourne, Victoria. From left: Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Liam Bromley, Executive Officer HMAS Arunta, Lieutenant Commander Richard Petrie, Mr Wal Bennett, Mr Colin Folan and Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Arunta, Warrant Officer Christopher Rowley. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)
Members of the HMAS Arunta Association stand with crew members of HMAS Arunta in front of HMA Ships Arunta and Parramatta, Station Pier, Melbourne, Victoria. From left: Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Liam Bromley, Executive Officer HMAS Arunta, Lieutenant Commander Richard Petrie, Mr Wal Bennett, Mr Colin Folan and Ships Warrant Officer HMAS Arunta, Warrant Officer Christopher Rowley.

HMA Ships Arunta and Parramatta visited Melbourne 17-20 October, coinciding with the centenary of the departure of convoys for the First World War from Port Phillip Bay.

Seventeen troopships departed Victorian shores in October 1914, carrying troops, nurses, technicians, horses, supplies and weapons, bound for Albany, Western Australia. From Albany, those troopships joined with many others to form the first Australian Imperial and New Zealand Expeditionary Forces (ANMEF) destined for the battlefields of World War One.

Arunta was following the same journey, on her way to Western Australia to take part in the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event, marking the 100th anniversary of the convoy departure.

Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Harry Jolly keeps watch over the HMAS Arunta Sea boat while departing Station Pier, Melbourne.

Able Seaman Communications Information Systems Harry Jolly keeps watch over the HMAS Arunta Sea boat while departing Station Pier, Melbourne.



“Being in Melbourne on this occasion is special for us all,” Commanding Officer HMAS Arunta Commander David Teitzel said.

“For my crew who call Victoria home, being here for this is something they’ll proudly share with family and friends for years to come. We’re honouring the journey of the Anzacs; you can’t beat that.”

During the short stay, HMAS Arunta Association members toured Arunta with local lad, Able Seaman Liam Bromley, enjoying listening to some wild tales before visiting family ashore. Defence Force Recruiting candidates and a large contingent from Navy's Recruit School were also able to jump onboard the ships to get a taste of what is to come in Naval careers.

Parramatta and her crew have recently returned from the South West Pacific region where they participated in Operation SOLANIA, assisting neighbouring countries with regulating fishing in their waters.