Topic: Naval Heritage and History

Spectacle Island - guardian of Navy’s heart and soul

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Various Navy heritage collections at the Main Repository located on Spectacle Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Various Navy heritage collections at the Main Repository located on Spectacle Island, Sydney.

A visit to Spectacle Island is tantamount to travelling back through time. The island is a depository of historical artefacts, collected over more than 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy’s history.

Warrant Officer Di Cross retires after 43 years in Navy

Published on by LEUT John Thompson (author)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the  Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot, RAN. (photo: Unknown)

Warrant Officer Dianne Cross being presented with her Long Service Medal from the Commanding Officer HMAS Harman at the time, Commander Jeffery Foot, RAN.

The year 1971 was a big year. Dennis Lillee took 5 for 84 against England in his debut test match. John Lennon released ‘Imagine’. John Newcombe won Wimbledon. Apollo 15 landed on the moon. It was also the year a young Dianne Cross from Kempsey on the NSW mid north coast, joined the Royal Australian Navy.

Remembering submariners on eternal patrol

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Kara Wansbury (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)

A wreath with a photograph of Donald W Herren lay at the base of the US memorial plaque at the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum, Albany, WA.

As the bell tolled on Sunday, the names of each of the 52 United States Navy submarines that had sailed from Australia to a watery grave during World War II were read out during a memorial service at Albany, Western Australia.

Two new paintings boost Creswell’s historic collection

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Mr Bob Auston, left, and Mr Barry Brooks with a painting of HMAS Voyager that was donated to the RAN Historical Collection at HMAS Creswell. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Mr Bob Auston, left, and Mr Barry Brooks with a painting of HMAS Voyager that was donated to the RAN Historical Collection at HMAS Creswell.

Two paintings of HMAS Voyager and HMAS Melbourne, telling a very personal and tragic story, were recently donated to the Historic Collection at HMAS Creswell by Mr Bob Auston.

Unknown sailor’s grave dedicated

Published on by SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

The Unknown Sailor of HMAS Goorangai at Williamstown Cemetery, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)

The Unknown Sailor of HMAS Goorangai at Williamstown Cemetery, Victoria.

Determination to remedy a job of expediency done during WWII resulted in an unknown sailor receiving a headstone on his previously unmarked grave at Williamstown on 24 April.

Great sailor to be honoured at Last Post Ceremony

This article has photo gallery Published on by LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (author)

Members of Australia's Federation Guard conduct the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (photo: CPL Jake Sims)

Members of Australia's Federation Guard conduct the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Tonight at the Australian War Memorial, during the Last Post Ceremony, the story of Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp will be read in honour of his sacrifice in the service of his country, Australia. His story will be read by Medal for Gallantry recipient, Chief Petty Officer Ben Sime. 

Australian veterans of secret conflict honoured

Published on by MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Veterans of the Indonesian Confrontation from the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia Inc gather at Garden Island, Sydney after a ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Embarkation of HMAS Sydney (III) by Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Veterans of the Indonesian Confrontation from the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia Inc gather at Garden Island, Sydney after a ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Embarkation of HMAS Sydney (III) by Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel.

Senior Australian Defence Force personnel and veterans of the Indonesian Confrontation (1962-66) gathered at Garden Island, Sydney on Saturday to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Embarkation of Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force personnel into HMAS Sydney (III), destined for Malaysia.

Navy commemorates centenary of arrival of first Australian submarines

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, says a few words at a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Australia's first submarines, AE1 and AE2, held at Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, says a few words at a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Australia's first submarines, AE1 and AE2, held at Garden Island, Sydney.

The Royal Australian Navy celebrated the 100th anniversary of the arrival into Sydney of its first submarines, HMA Ships AE1 and AE2 on Saturday with a commemorative event at the Navy Heritage Centre in Sydney.

Tasmania commemorates 72nd anniversary of Battle of Coral Sea

Published on by LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

A sea cadet from TS Derwent stands by to raise the flag while bugler Leading Seaman (LS) Miriam Norman plays the Last Post.  
The catafalque party from far left to right is LS Kirri-lee Brazendale, Petty Officer Jeoff Young and LS Shaun Ware. (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)

A sea cadet from TS Derwent stands by to raise the flag while bugler Leading Seaman (LS) Miriam Norman plays the Last Post. The catafalque party from far left to right is LS Kirri-lee Brazendale, Petty Officer Jeoff Young and LS Shaun Ware.

Navy Headquarters Tasmania personnel and the Tasmanian Contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band were an integral part of the 72nd anniversary commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea held at Hobart’s Cenotaph on Saturday 10 May 2014.

Veteran remembers Coral Sea Battle

Published on by CAPT James Hook (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Mr Gordon Johnson, retired Royal Australian Navy sailor and veteran of the Battle of the Coral Sea, passes by members of the Marine Rotational Force - Darwin before delivering his speech at the 2014 Battle of the Coral Sea commemorative service in Darwin. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Mr Gordon Johnson, retired Royal Australian Navy sailor and veteran of the Battle of the Coral Sea, passes by members of the Marine Rotational Force - Darwin before delivering his speech at the 2014 Battle of the Coral Sea commemorative service in Darwin.

Earlier this month, Mr Gordon Johnson was guest of honour at a commemorative service in Darwin to mark the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.