50 Years Honouring History: The Story Behind, the Naval Historical Society of Australia


Produced for the fiftieth anniversary of the Naval Historical Society of Australia, this book describes the evolution of the Society over time, its many interesting projects and colourful characters who founded and continued to grow the Society over the decades.

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This book incorporates articles by a cross section of office bearers and volunteers about key aspects of the Society, where it has come from and where it is going.  It also describes the major projects undertaken by the Society including; recovery of sections of the first HMAS Parramatta from its hulk in the Hawkesbury River to establish two memorials in Sydney, the production of video documentaries on iconic structures such as the mighty Hammerhead Crane which dominated Sydney’s skyline for more than 40 years and the Captain Cook Graving Dock.

In many respects this book provides insight into the history of the Royal Australian Navy itself. This is achieved through frequent references to significant historical naval events the individual experiences of members and volunteers in war and peace as described in their biographies and anecdotes. This book will appeal to a wider audience than just members.

In his Foreword Society Patron and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO RAN describes the NHSA as part of the Navy Family and acknowledges the ongoing commitment of Committee members and volunteers in support of the RAN and Community as it develops new and innovative ways to achieve its mission, ‘To promote and uphold the history, prestige and traditions of naval service and to preserve Australia’s naval history.’

Contributors: Society volunteers
Edited by Ross Gillett
ISBN Registration: 978-0-6487760-8-6
Pages: 112