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Napoleon Bonaparte, The Royal Navy and Me

Tue 17 Jul, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chatswood RSL, Sydney, 446 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood, New South Wales 2067 Australia
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Napoleon Bonaparte is mostly known for his military activities. However, in the latter part of his life, the Royal Navy featured strongly.   And indeed, some of the procedures adopted by the RN were still in force in the mid twentieth century.  Our speaker was involved in one of these in 1969 and his talk will bring together the connections.

About the Author    

John Smith was born at Coffs Harbour in 1932 and entered the Royal Australian Naval College in 1946.  After his naval career as a seaman officer, he retired as a Commander in 1976, having specialised the ‘old fashioned’ way in gunnery.  He then launched himself into a managerial career in a law firm, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Australian Bicentennial Authority, the NSW Cancer Council, Red Cross NSW and finally, Sydney Maritime Museum.  These managerial roles gave him extensive experience in financial control, general administration, working with volunteers, lobbying and public relations.  John is a past Vice-President of the Naval Historical Society and now serves as Senior Researcher providing responses to innumerable questions from the community and frequently serving RAN personnel.




Public transport is recommended.  Only limited parking is available in the Club’s Thomas Street car park.


Please gather in the Shades on Victoria café bar from 05:00 PM.  The Presentation & Discussion will run from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM.


Members are welcome to partake of the Clubs bar and dining facilities.


Contact David Blazey,  02 93592372  (Tuesday and Thursday)



Tue 17 Jul, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Naval Historical Society of Australia
02 9537 0035
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Chatswood RSL, Sydney
446 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood, New South Wales 2067 Australia
02 9419 7386
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