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© COPYRIGHT - Victoria Division NAVY LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC,
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia,
Naval & Military Forces of the Commonwealth.
Victoria's Vice Regal Representative -
The Hon Alex Chernov AC QC
LEAGUE of AUSTRALIA approved, at
its Centenary Celebration in 2000,
a project for its journal "The Navy" - a Microfiche and Index
In 2005, after several years of preparation
and research by
Victoria Division President 1996-2011 CMDR John Wilkins RFD* RANR, an
official launch of this project was held at the State Library of Victoria.
Gift sets of Microfiche 1920-2004 were
made to National, State and selected Australian Libraries, Universities,
RAN College, RAN Sea Power Centre, United States Navy League and UK
Greenwich National Maritime Museum. Gifts courtesy of CMDR R.O. Albert
AO RD RANR, President of the NSW Division NLA , sponsor of this project.
The Microfiche have now been digitised in co-operation with the
RAN Seapower Centre and exist on the Navy League Federal Website including
the consolidated Index prepared by CMDR Wilkins.
NAVY FOUNDATION DAY
Thursday 1st March 2013
FRIDAY 1 Mar 2013 WILL BE celebrated in Melbourne
the 112th Anniversary Year of the Foundation of the Australian Navy.
This is the 12th. Annual Anniversary of the Creswell Oration.
The 2012 Creswell Oration presenter was Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AM CSC
RAN Chief of Navy. Access text of speeches below.
AUSTRALIAN NAVY FOUNDATION DAY ORGANISING COMMITTEE (Vic) 2013
2012: CMDR John M Wilkins OAM RFD* RANR (IPP Navy League of Australia
Pres. Naval Historical Society Victoria Chapter, Rex Williams
Navalfficers' Club [NOC] in Victoria, LCDR John Redman RAN
President of NLA Victoria Division), -------------
NAA Victoria, LCDR Harry Kime OAM,
Box Hill SubSection Vic, Ray Gill,
President NLA Vic. Div. Frank McCarthy.
Updated - 3 September 2012
F Geoffrey Evans OBE VRD RANVR died
Thursday 21 June 2012. (select name for obituary) His contribution
to Australia's Navy, the Navy League and its Navy League cadets over
60 years was outstanding.
He was referred to by one retired Chief of the Naval Staff as the shadow
fifth member of the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board.
We were privileged to know him and have him as our friend and as an
influential Victorian Member of the Navy League who provided wise counsel
on many occasions.
His considerable influence in Navy circles will be remembered and will
undoubtedly be felt for many years to come.
His funeral was held on Tuesday 3rd July.
1a. ANNUAL 2012-2013 Subscriptions
were due on or before 30 June 2012 - $35.
Please post to Hon Treasurer at the Victoria Division P.O. Box
2340 Mount Waverley 3149 as soon as possible..
1b. New P.O. Box for VICTORIA
Navy League of Australia
Mount Waverley 3149
Federal NAVY LEAGUE OF AUSTRLIA Secretary/Treasurer:
Philip Corboy PO Box 128 Clayfield Qld 4011 Phone: 1300 739 681 Fax:
1300 739 682 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1d. Federal Navy League and State Division
information can be found on the Federal NLA web site -
Victoria Division Navy League of Australia 2011-2012 Committee resolved
this Victoria Division website will continue.
1e. Navy League of Australia Victoria Division
Immediate Past President Comander John M Wilkins OAM RFD* RANR received
2012 Australia Day award of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
for "service in the Preservation of Australia's Navy History".
Roger Blythman RFD RANR is a Federal Vice
President Navy League of Australia.
1g. The Navy League's
1938 Creswell Memorial, St Kilda foreshore, was restored 5 Sept. 2011
with an identical Creswell bronze bust replacing the missing 1938 bust.
A second bust was presented to HMAS Creswell (RANC) library by Victoria
Division together with several Navy history books to celebrate the RAN
1h. State Governor The Hon Alex Chernov AC has
honoured the Victoria Division Navy League of Australia by becoming
1j. CAPT Alan Pearson Vale
August 4 - 2011
1k. Federal NLA Advisory
Council Chairman is VADM Chris Ritchie AO Ret'd.
Annual Navy League Community Awards
to RAN Ships and Establishments
Endeavour miniature "Cook" Cannon.
and Items for Sale
Battle for Australia - graphic image summarising
the various involvements of Australian defence and civilians.
The Navy League's Microfiche Project now digitised on the federal Navy
League website. All
known 1920-2004 journals and a consolidated Index prepared by the Victoria
Division is now available. The former Microfiche has now been superseded
by the digitised version although some of the digitised file is corrupted
so copies of the original micreofiche wshould be retained.
of Trafalgar - The
late CDRE Harry Adams commented on why Australia "a nation girt
by sea" should understand the significance of this historic 19th
9. The Battle of
Trafalgar 21st October 1805: Sacrifice
by Lord Nelson and many of the sailors who fought alongside him on HMS
Victory and on the other 22 RN ships. Australia received a lasting legacy
for which Australia is eternally grateful.
Infrastructure and the Merchant Marine
timely warning for the Federal Parliament by RADM Andrew Robertson RAN.
VADM Peek RAN Ret'd (The
Australian newspaper 11.4.05)
on the Australian Government's peacetime censorship of HMAS Kanimbla's
Commanding Officer, describes it as "one of the hallmarks of
a totalitarian government."
East Indies, 1942 and its Government in Exile in Australia. Their
highly valued support, Naval, Maritime and Air, in the Battle for Australia.
The Battle of Leyte Gulf and Surigao Strait 21-25
October 1944. HMAS Australia, attacked
on 21 Oct., Trafalgar Day 1944, being the first Allied warship hit by
a suicide aircraft. On the morning of 23rd Oct.1944, three Japanese
cruisers - Atago, Taxao, and Maya from Admiral Kondo's
1942 force were sunk. Read about Leyte Gulf and The
biggest Naval Battle in History)
See the Oct-Dec 2004 "The Navy"
14: Sea Cadet History
1939-45 - When H.M. The King became Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps.
Need For An Australian
Merchant Navy: Comments by trhe late
CAPT N. Pearson Master Mariner.
first successful attack against the Japanese Navy 21 Jan 1942:
by HMAS Deloraine.
SS Automedon Affair 1940 & the Loss
of HMAS Sydney in 1942. British secret War Cabinet minutes
of 1940 contained a UK Defence report revealing details of the defence
of the Far East were taken by enemy raider. Britain's Allies not being
warned of the loss. Subsequently Australia recalled her troops from
Africa, in early 1942, the beginning of the 'Battle for Australia'.
[Refer to book "Betrayal at Pearl Harbour" by CAPT
Eric Nave OBE RAN (Codebreaker) and James Rusbridger (ex MI6),
1991, which the publication 'A Man of Intelligence' by Ian Pfennigwerth
2005 reviewed many of Rusbridger's statements that were not supported
by his co-author CAPT Eric Nave OBE RAN prior to the publication "Betrayal
at Pearl Harbour". Subsequently the publication in 2007 of
the book "Mrs Ferguson's Tea-Set, Japan, and The Second World
War: The Global Consequences Following Germany's Sinking of The SS Automedon
in 1940" (ISBN: 1905246285) by Seki, Eiji, concerning the loss
of War Cabinet intelligence from SS Automedon and subsequent actions,
or lack of action by the British Government and its failure to inform
Australia and Allies of this loss, gives new insights into the the attitude
of the UK towards its Commonwealth Dominions and the timing of the attack