Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Before her time - the tale of Navy's first female sailor

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Nancy Bentley, honorary member of the Royal Australian Navy, on board HMAS Sydney (I) in 1920. (photo: )

Nancy Bentley, honorary member of the Royal Australian Navy, on board HMAS Sydney (I) in 1920.

Twenty-one years before the first Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) members entered service due to a shortage of telegraphists during the Second World War, a young Tasmanian girl was enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy.

Remembering Operation DESERT STORM

Published on by LEUT John Cole (author)

Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft, and organiser of the evening), and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash, at the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra. (photo: unknown)

Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft, and organiser of the evening), and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash, at the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra.

Navy has continued to honour its heritage and the contribution of serving members, with a memorial dinner to mark the 25th anniversary of the start of the first Gulf War.


Personal histories shared at Australian National Maritime Museum

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), Unknown (photographer)

Lieutenant Commander Vic MacIntosh, Leading Seaman Kat Jones and Able Seaman Isaac Ingui with staff from the Australian National Maritime Museum. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Commander Vic MacIntosh, Leading Seaman Kat Jones and Able Seaman Isaac Ingui with staff from the Australian National Maritime Museum.

An insight into life into sailors and officers in the Royal Australian Navy is on show as part of 'Action Stations', a new exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum Warship Pavilion.

Battle of Sunda Strait survivor farewelled

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Desmond Woods (author), LS Lauren Black (photographer), ABIS Hayley Clarke (photographer)

Lieutenant Gavin Campbell. (photo: Unknown)

Lieutenant Gavin Campbell.

Lieutenant Gavin Campbell, RAN (Ret’d), died in Sydney last week after a long illness, at the age of 94. He was the remaining surviving commissioned officer of the Royal Australian Navy wartime cruiser HMAS Perth (I).

Clocktower's future is a nod to the past

Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

Mrs Joan Webber wife of Peter Webber with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, at the official opening of The old Clock Tower Gymnasium, HMAS Creswell. 

Mrs Webber's late husband's wish was to donate his Collection of 12 model sailing ships, which covers 400 years of sailing history, to teh base to be displayed. 
Mr Peter Webber passed away in 2005. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)

Mrs Joan Webber wife of Peter Webber with Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Timothy Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, at the official opening of The old Clock Tower Gymnasium, HMAS Creswell. Mrs Webber's late husband's wish was to donate his Collection of 12 model sailing ships, which covers 400 years of sailing history, to teh base to be displayed. Mr Peter Webber passed away in 2005.

To any naval officer that went through initial training at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell, the Clocktower Gymnasium is iconic.

Too many stories to tell on Sydney

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Claudia Harrison (author), Unknown photographer. Image scanned from the Navy Historic Archive. (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

30 June 1995 edition of Navy News, featuring visit to Russia by HMAS Sydney. (photo: Z77)

30 June 1995 edition of Navy News, featuring visit to Russia by HMAS Sydney.

As the Royal Australian Navy prepares to decommission HMAS Sydney this week, some of her ship's company reflect on their service in the frigate.

History of women’s service commemorated

Published on by LCDR Angella Hillis (author), FSGT Kev Berriman (photographer)

Attendees of the 2015 WRANS Memorial Service at the WRANS Memorial at HMAS Harman, ACT. (photo: FSGT Kev Berriman)

Attendees of the 2015 WRANS Memorial Service at the WRANS Memorial at HMAS Harman, ACT.

On 17 October, HMAS Harman, in Canberra, hosted the annual commemorative service to recognise the service of women in the Navy.

Perth (I) survivor honoured

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Adam Cooper (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Perth, Mrs Lisa Scaffidi; HMAS Perth (I) veteran Mr David Manning and HMAS Perth (III) Commanding Officer, Captain Ivan Ingham, AM, RAN, during a meeting at Council House, Perth. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Perth, Mrs Lisa Scaffidi; HMAS Perth (I) veteran Mr David Manning and HMAS Perth (III) Commanding Officer, Captain Ivan Ingham, AM, RAN, during a meeting at Council House, Perth.

A visit to Western Australia by Second World War veteran, and HMAS Perth (I) survivor, Mr David Manning, provided a unique opportunity to unite a legacy with the current HMAS Perth and her namesake city.

Museum in ship shape condition

This article has photo gallery Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), Unknown (photographer)

HMAS Castlemaine in the BAE Systems Australia graving dock. (photo: Unknown)

HMAS Castlemaine in the BAE Systems Australia graving dock.

Having a bottom scrape might not be for everyone, but it’s bought another 10 years for the museum ship, and stalwart of Melbourne’s Williamstown waterfront, HMAS Castlemaine.

HMAS Sydney (II) veteran honoured at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on by MIDN Jonathan Williams (author), LEUT Jake Leonard (photographer)

At dusk on 30 August, amidst the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean, the crew of HMAS Sirus gathered on the flight deck to celebrate the life and service of Richard 'Dick' Vincent Radcliffe, in the vicinity of the HMAS Sydney (II) wreckage. (photo: LEUT Jake Leonard)

At dusk on 30 August, amidst the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean, the crew of HMAS Sirus gathered on the flight deck to celebrate the life and service of Richard 'Dick' Vincent Radcliffe, in the vicinity of the HMAS Sydney (II) wreckage.

At dusk on 30 August, amidst the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean, the crew of HMAS Sirus gathered on the flight deck to celebrate the life and service of Richard ‘Dick’ Vincent Radcliffe, in the vicinity of the HMAS Sydney (II) wreckage.