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From Wives & Sweethearts to Comrades in Arms

Wed 16 Aug, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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This is the story of how women came to be in the Royal Australian Navy, of some of the people who made that possible and some who tried to prevent it. But most interestingly it is also the story of what went before these events. What was the inspiration for having women in the Royal Australian Navy in the first place? Where did that idea come from? It turns out Australia was following imperial precedent and, by adopting it, was continuing what had been, in many instances, an unofficial naval tradition that was already hundreds of years old!

PresenterJustin Holmwood ANMM

A person with a beard and glasses Description automatically generated with low confidenceJustin worked most of his career as an administrative officer for the NSW Police where he performed a variety of human resource, finance and research roles before completing the last seven years of his service as the Manager of Harbourside Local Area Command based in North Sydney.Since his retirement Justin has volunteered in a number of capacities including as a duty Justice of the Peace for Hornsby Shire and through his membership of cycling organisation Bike North, as a Ride Leader and advocate for improved cycling infrastructure in north western Sydney.

He also enjoys sailing as regularly as he can with friends.

With a lifelong interest in many types of history, but particularly maritime and naval history, Justin has been working as a volunteer guide with the ANMM since 2009. He joined it’s Speakers’ Group in 2021 where he has begun to develop some new presentations.

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From Wives & Sweethearts to Comrades in Arms

11:00am. Wednesday, 16th. August 2023  (Sydney Time)

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Wed 16 Aug
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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