CHAPTER MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE FOURTH MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT THE WAVERLEY RSL
The Waverley RSL is located at 161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley, and is conveniently situated opposite the Glen Waverley railway station. The RSL car park is free but you need to display a ticket on your dashboard (obtainable from reception) or use the public car park opposite.
Monthly Meeting at 1900 on Monday 27 March 2023 at the Waverley RSL – Sunset Room 161 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley
Mr Chris Harvey
“The Antarctic Voyage of
HMAS Wyatt Earp”
Chris Harvey comes from a long line of people who have served in Australia’s armed forces since the Boer War. He followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the HMAS Westralia Association. As members of this and kindred associations crossed the bar, he and a handful of descendants gathered to form the Armed Merchant Cruisers & Landing Ships Infantry Association of Victoria, of which he is now President.
Chris will outline the story of Australia’s first Antarctic exploration since the voyage by Sir Douglas Mawson in 1929-31. Conducted in the summer of 1947-48, this voyage was undertaken in a relatively old, single engine, wooden hulled ship just 41.3 metres long and top speed of 8.5 knots. Starting life as a Norwegian herring boat in 1919, then employed by an American explorer in four Antarctic expeditions from 1933 to 1939, the little ship saw wartime service in the RAN before paying off in 1944. In late 1947 she was commissioned as HMAS Wyatt Earp, for a Government task to reconnoitre a site for a permanent station on the Antarctic continent, as the beginning of the Australian Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE). Ultimately tortuous weather and ice conditions prevented the ship from reaching the coast, though the voyage achieved some of its scientific aims.
The presentation will be illuminated by photos taken by one of the ship’s company (AB N. Tame) and the embarked official photographer Laurence Le Guay. Also displayed will be recently discovered artefacts owned by another crew member (Stoker R. Manser) plus the detailed diary of the voyage kept throughout by the ships engineer (Chief ERA W. Hoy).
Members and Guests are most welcome
A relaxing meal and drink beforehand in the RSL’s delightful Warramunga Room is always a pleasant prelude to the 1900 meeting
Membership of the NHSA automatically entitles you to be part of the Victoria Chapter and to share in its activities.
We hold our monthly meetings in the well-appointed “Sunset Room” at the RSL – easy access is provided by an adjacent lift. Our program is listed on the website, and we either have a Guest Speaker or show a film. Meetings start at 7.00 pm.
The “Warramunga Restaurant” opens at 5.30 pm and a number of members and guests take the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing meal and a few drinks before the meeting. Our Secretary Lynda Gilbert coordinates the booking of tables, so please let her know in advance by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are intending to join us for dinner.
If joining us for the first time, please let us know when you plan to visit by contacting Andrew Mackinnon and we will ensure you are made welcome!
The Chapter produces a newsletter called the ‘Three-Headed Dog’, containing a variety of articles of interest. Edited by Andrew Mackinnon, this is published 11 times a year and is distributed by email (preferably) or in hard copy if needed. Victorian members receive this free of charge.
President: Andrew Mackinnon
Address: 8 Gleneagles Court
CROYDON VIC 3136
Mobile: 0429 096 911